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""A Thing About Machines""
Series:The Twilight Zone (Original Series)
Episode:Season 2, Episode 40 (S02E04)
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Previous Episode:Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room
Next Episode:The Howling Man

"A Thing About Machines" is an episode of the The Twilight Zone.

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Episode Details

Title Sequence

Opening Narration

"This is Mr. Bartlett Finchley, age forty-eight, a practicing sophisticate who writes very special and very precious things for gourmet magazines and the like. he's a bachelor and a recluse, with few friends, only devotees and adherents to the cause of tart sophistry. He has no interests, save whatever current annoyances he can put his mind to. He has no purpose for his life, except for the formation of day-to-day opportunities to vent his wrath on mechanical contrivances of a age he abhors. In short, Mr. Bartlett Finichley is a malcontent, born ethier too early or too late in the century, and in just a moment, will enter a realm where muscles and the will to fight back are not just limited to human beings. Next stop for Mr. Bartlett Finichley: the Twilight Zone."

Episode Summary

Closing Narration

"Yes, it could just be. It could just be that Mr. Bartlett Finchley succumbed from a heart attack and a set of delusions. It could just be that he was tormented by an imagination as sharp as his wit and as pointed as his dislikes. But as perceived by those attending, this is one explanation that has left the premises with the deceased. Look for it filed under 'M' for Machines - in The Twilight Zone."

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Background Information



Production Companies


  • Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1959) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
  • Corporation, The (2008) (France) (DVD)



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Notes and References

  1. CBS Video Library: Twilight Zone #? "?/?"; UPC: ?, EAN: ?, ASIN: ?; Format: NTSC, VHS, Collector's Edition (1987)

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