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.


John Rich


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Fred Clark ... Chester Dietrich
Jean Carson ... Paula Diedrich
Adam Williams ... Woodward
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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English | French

Release Date:

16 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


With the first couple of photos, the camera has to be pointed at the person or object they will be seeing in the photo (man in doorway, woman with fur, etc.), but when a picture shows people laying on the ground after falling through the window, the camera was never pointed there. 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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'What has humanity ever done for us?'
3 December 2013 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

Very light but enjoyable entry about Paula and Chester (Jean Carson and Fred Clark) as small time crooks and big time losers. They have stolen a lot of stuff, mostly worthless, but a strange camera turns out to be a fantastical novelty. Paula's brother Woodward (Adam Williams, Sailor from 'The Hitch-Hiker', series one) gets involved and the unholy three think they're onto a good thing.

The self interested silliness of the three main characters makes this a nice one to sandwich between more serious Zones in a marathon or whatnot. Shallow characters who couldn't outwit a gnat let alone keep control of an TZ object with a special power. The voice, smile ,and posturing of Jean Carson are just right for the vain Paula. The ending is often criticized, but the time flies by with this one and it will have to do.

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