Oboler never clarifies this statement. His idea was that the film industry had taken control of television from the very beginning. The Twonky strikes me as a very unique cornball comedy, though, however NOT a particularly good one. After tending to the coach, West attempts to write a lecture on the role of individualism in art, but the Twonky hits him with beams that alter his thoughts and censors his reading. Learn more More Like This. It helps him shave and cures hangovers but it also wants to stamp out individualism and independent thought.

As such it is enjoyable. English-language films films American films American science fiction films Films directed by Arch Oboler s science fiction films Films based on short fiction Robot films Films produced by Sidney W. Many misjudged and that have their own merits and appeal. Director Arch Oboler is not out to make Network but he does get his digs in about society while maintaining the films low brow humor with a bevy of kookie characters in brief roles and situations. Moments later he hears Eloise cursing the television set and then screaming. The two men then go to Coach’s house to drink, where the Coach attempts to psychoanalyze Kerry, but talks about himself instead. Alice Backes Telephone operator. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email.

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Later in life the creepy TV was replaced by that Zuni fetish twoky from Trilogy of Terror with Karen Black as the thing that scared the poop out of me, but up until that, the walking TV was at the top of the “creep scale”. I am mystified at how some folks describe being scared by the film, but I have actually met several who were.

She buys him a television set to keep him occupied. Conried was at once child-like and supercilious, and he had a vaguely European demeanor and sensibility, though he was in fact American-born.

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I gave him the run down and when he showed me his paper it was degrees from what I had told him. A professor’s wife leaves town for a visit to her sisters, and to keep her husband company while she’s gone, she goes and buys one of those new-fangled electronic contraptions known as a television, only this ones very different from any other television.


Style was everything with him. But The Twonky is the real deal. As someone whose had a TV since and can remember as far back as with certainty I know that this is completely wrong.

This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat It was a really old movie then, but geez it was creepy. Trivia Shot in November and December ofnot released until June and then it only played in three theaters. Lightweight 50s tale of a magic television. This was actually illegal because it was a clear conflict of interest for a company to both represent talent and produce employ them but they got an exception because of a deal made by the president of the Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan.

When Ed, the television serviceman, returns for the down payment, Kerry reveals he has only five dollars, and is unaware that he dropped the bill near the television. This film scared me to death when I was a kid.

If there are any attempts to explore television’s heinous effects, they are ultimately muddled.

I watch bad films all the time. When Kerry’s best friend Coach Trout visits, he makes fun of Kerry’s assertions about the television until he sees it in action.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Coach Trout as Billy Lynn. Without this bit of knowledge, this film makes little sense in the beginning. His idea was that the film industry had taken control of television from the very beginning.

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The Twonky is stranger than strange. Incidentally, this film is a prime example of why the IMDb rating system is faulty. You will receive an email shortly to confirm your email address.


Just sit back and enjoy, and if smoke ’em if you got ’em. Edit Did You Know? He does, however, agree to replace the set if it is defective.

Good fucking God does it suck. Joseph Biroc Director of Photography. The offer was rejected. We found your email in our system. It also works as social satire. Gloria Blondell as Eloise. At this point in life I figure the creature from “Alien” has taken over the “things I don’t want to find in the closet” category. There’s no point in showing vapid TV programming turning people into intellectual zombies, because the Twonky itself isn’t a television. Henry Kuttner, the short story author, twwonky wrote the short story “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” that was turned into the feeble “The Last Mimzy.

This leads to a delightfully silly conclusion, and Conreid is a delight through out, as is the voice of the Twonky itself. Looking back through adult eyes, it was probably pretty funny, and I hope to see it again someday. Sign Up Sign In. However despite the films shortcomings, I find it a unique item from it’s time. I was sad to hear about the passing of B-Movie Cast host Vince Rotolo today- so I decided to check out one of his favorite movies as a tribute.

The Twonky strikes me as a very unique cornball comedy, though, however NOT a particularly good one. Or, use your email account: Search for ” The Twonky ” on Genrr.

Kuttner died in his 30s of a heart attack, cheating us out of what should have been some great work. You’re driving on the wrong side of the road!