The Twonky (1953)

Article #330 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 2-8-2002
Posting date: 6-25-2002

A man discovers his new television has unusual powers and its own agenda.

This unusual comedy is based on a short story by Henry Kuttner; I’ve not read the short story involved, but I doubt that the movie hones too closely to it. Hans Conreid is always fun to watch, and there are some amusing moments, but I don’t feel it really explores some of the interesting ideas it promises; after a while too many of the gags seem arbitrary and forced, and the ending has little to do with satire and everything to do with slapstick. Still, there is something quite entertaining about watching this television hobble around the house. This one was directed by Arch Oboler, who also wrote the script.


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