The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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What's in the Box 

Philanderer Joe Britt sees his indiscretions shown on his own TV set after it was worked on by a unique repairman.


Richard L. Bare


Martin Goldsmith (as Martin M. Goldsmith), Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Phyllis Britt
William Demarest ... Joe Britt
Sterling Holloway ... TV Repairman
Sandra Gould ... Woman
Howard Wright Howard Wright ... Judge
Herbert Lytton ... Dr. Saltman


Taxi driver Joe Britt usually makes his way home to his wife Phyllis but theirs is not a happy marriage as they constantly bicker and she accuses him of having a girlfriend. The obnoxious Joe is having his TV fixed but after the repairman leaves, Joe sees himself with his girlfriend in scenes from the recent past. Soon after, he has a glimpse of what will happen in the near future. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

13 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Joseph and Phyllis Britt were married in 1937. See more »


When Joe breaks the TV screen with his fist you can see a still of the TV image that has been applied to the glass surface, which appears to shatter along with the glass. See more »


Joe Britt: I don't know what I ever saw in her. She ain't got no understanding. She wouldn't know sympathy if it hopped up and bit her on the backside.
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Featured in Top 10 Twilight Zone Episodes (2009) See more »

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Unpleasant and 'most unusual' TV.
23 January 2014 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

'A Most Unusual Camera' was a dark and yet pleasant comedy from series two. This episode uses a TV along those lines but without the quaint charm of the three crooks. Here the story is about a very unlikable taxi driver Joe (William Demarest) and his even worse wife Phyllis (Joan Blondell). The husband starts seeing TV channel 10 that they never had before a strange TV repair man (Sterling Holloway) came. Things go from bad to worse as the TV shows private and future motion pictures of the couple.

Writer Martin Goldsmith penned some good stories for film thrillers like 'Narrow Margin'(1952) but this and his other contribution to the Zone, 'The Encounter', are horribly below TZ's standard and his own.

A one dimensional shrew role for the 1930's film star Joan Blondell. Its like being a fly on the wall of a place filled with steadily increasing hatred turning to domestic violence. There's no subtlety at all in the way it develops.

Weak. Without any sympathetic character, message, or new ideas.

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