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The Twilight Zone: The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross

A man schemes to trade age, wisdom and riches with others and become the fellow his girlfriend desires.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x16
Production Number: 2612
Airdate: Friday January 17th, 1964

Director: Don Seigel
Writer: Jerry McNeely
Story: Henry Slesar

Guest Stars
Don GordonDon Gordon
As Salvadore Ross
Gail KobeGail Kobe
As Leah Maitland
J. Pat OJ. Pat O'Malley
As Old Man
Vaughn TaylorVaughn Taylor
As Mr. Maitland
Doug LambertDoug Lambert
As Albert
Douglas DumbrilleDouglas Dumbrille
As Mr. Halpert
Ted JacquesTed Jacques
As Bartender
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Salvadore Ross is a low class, mean spirited man. There is one thing in life he does love and that is Leah Maitland. Mr. Maitland on the other hand, doesn't care much for Salvadore, and doesn't believe he is the right man for his daughter. Salvadore leaves with a promise of making himself into a new man that even Mr. Maitland would approve of. During one of his tirades, Slavadore manages to break his hand. While in the hospital, he agrees to trade his busted hand with an old man who has a bad cold. As he wakes up he finds that his hand no longer hurts, and he now has a cough. The old man. writhing in pain begs to trade back, but Ross refuses. He's not sure how he did it, but then tries trading something else he needs. He offers a millionaire years of his life for cash and his upscale apartment. He now is an old man, but trades some of his new found age to a group of teenagers for money. He arrives back to see Leah, now a millionaire. But there is one thing he is still lacking, compassion. He trades that with Mr. Maitland, who now is a cranky old man while Salvadore is a compassionate sole. When asking for Mr. Maitland's blessing to marry Leah, Salvadore is shot dead by Mr. Maitland...

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Episode Notes
Don Gordon is also in "The Four of Us are Dying."

Gail Kobe is also in "A World of Difference" and "In His Image."

J. Pat O'Malley was also in "Walking Distance," "The Chaser," "Back There," "The Fugitive" and "Mr. Garrity and the Graves."

Vaughn Taylor was also in "Time Enough at Last," "Still Valley," "I Sing the Body Electric" and "The Incredible World of Horace Ford."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Confidential personnel file on Salvadore Ross. Personality: a volatile mixture of fury and frustration. Distinguishing physical characteristic: a badly-broken hand which will require emergency treatment at the nearest hospital. Ambition: shows great determination toward self-improvement. Estimate of potential success: a sure bet for a listing in Who's Who--in the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator: The Salvadore Ross program for self-improvement. The all-in-one, sure-fire success course that lets you lick the bully, learn the language, dance the tango and anything else you want to do--or think you want to do. Money-back guarantee. Offer limited to...the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
EditorRichard V. Heermance
CastingPatricia Rose
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Robert R. Benton
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Walter Holscher
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorCharles Bonniwell
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