A businessman sitting in his office inexplicably finds that he is on a production set and in a world where he is a movie star. Uninterested in the newfound fame, he fights to get back to his home and family.
Arthur Curtis is sitting his office chatting with secretary about plans for his daughter's birthday party and that he and his wife will be flying off for a couple of days of rest and relaxation. Suddenly he hears someone yell "cut" and he realizes he on a movie sound stage. He can't understand what has happened to him. Everyone refers to him as Gerry Reagan, but he insists that he is Arthur Curtis. He runs off but can't find any of the familiar landmarks he knows such as his house or his place of work. He is desperate to return to the world of Arthur Curtis but that window of opportunity may be closing on him.Written by
When Gerry's ex-wife demands he give her a check, she spells out the last name as "Raigan". This isn't the expected way to spell it, which may have been deliberate, so as to not associate the character with Ronald Reagan, who was at the time the President of the Screen Actors Guild. See more »
Gerry Reagan leaves the studio lot with his wife. He races back-and-forth through Los Angeles traffic dodging cars. This appears to be stock traffic footage because it doesn't match the rest of the digital copy and all the cars appear to be from the late '40s or early '50s. See more »
You're looking at a tableau of reality, things of substance, of physical material: a desk, a window, a light. These things exist and have dimension. Now this is Arthur Curtis, age thirty-six, who also is real. He has flesh and blood, muscle and mind. But in just a moment we will see how thin a line separates that which we assume to be real with that manufactured inside of a mind.
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A World of Difference, directed by Ted Post (Magnum Force) poses that age old question 'What is real?'. Is it possible that what we perceive to be reality is in fact a figment of the imagination?
36-year-old businessman Arthur Curtis (Howard Duff) finds himself faced with such a conundrum when he enters his office to do a day's work only to discover that he is on a film set, surrounded by people who tell him that he is an actor called Gerry Reagan, and that Arthur Curtis is simply the name of his character. Arthur insists that his name isn't Gerry, but to no avail: everyone thinks that the actor, who has something of a drink problem, is having a nervous breakdown.
Arthur rushes out of the studio where he bumps into Gerry's harridan of an ex-wife (Eileen Ryan), who thinks that his personality crisis is an act to get out of paying alimony. After trying to convince everyone that he is not an actor, and failing to find his family at home, Arthur eventually returns to the film set, where he disappears, back into the fictional world of his character.
With its thought provoking premise—who hasn't experienced that strange Matrix feeling that all is not as it seems?—sharp direction by Post, and a very believable central performance from Duff, this proves to be a highly enjoyable episode.
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