The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Most Unusual Camera 

When three unintelligent crooks get ahold of a camera that takes pictures of the future, they set out to make a quick fortune with their new toy.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Chester Dietrich
Paula Diedrich
Marcel Hillaire ...
Pierre - Waiter


Married couple Chester and Paula have broken into and robbed a curio shop, hoping to sell the loot for a handsome sum of money. Unfortunately, all of it turns out to be junk or fakes. All, that is, save for a mysterious camera. When they try taking a picture, it turns out to be from five minutes into the future. Soon Paula's brother Woodward joins them and the three decide to use the camera at a horse track to win big. Written by J. Rieper

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Release Date:

16 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The horse pays 47.60 per $2 bet. He has around $200 to bet. When the horse wins, he says, "Ninety-five hundred bucks." It's actually $4760. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] A hotel suite that, in this instance, serves as a den of crime, the aftermath of a rather minor event to be noted on a police blotter, an insurance claim, perhaps a three-inch box on page twelve of the evening paper. Small addenda to be added to the list of the loot: a camera, a most unimposing addition to the flotsam and jetsam that it came with, hardly worth mentioning really, because cameras are cameras, some expensive, some purchasable at five-and-dime stores. But this ...
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Referenced in Aa Dekhen Zara (2009) See more »

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A great episode? No. But it sure was fun to watch.
29 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Some idiot criminals happen upon a camera that can predict the future. After a while, it's certain that either the camera is cursed and the future it shows is only negative and twisted OR the guys are just idiots and make their own horrid futures. Either way, it's fun to watch the knuckleheads slowly ruin their lives.

This episode is rather "light weight" compared to some of the more serious or philosophical Twilight Zone shows. However, despite being a bit silly, it did score high marks in the category of fun. Seeing Fred Clark and the rest as they totally waste this "gift" is a kick and very reminiscent of another funny and twisted Twilight Zone episode ("WHAT'S IN THE BOX") which starred William Demarest and Joan Blondell.

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