Monday, January 21, 2013

Shakespeare in The Twilight Zone: “Printer's Devil”

“Printer's Devil.” By Charles Beaumont. Perf. Burgess Meredith, Robert Sterling, Pat Crowley, and Ray Teal. Dir. Ralph Senensky. The Twilight Zone. Season 4, episode 9. CBS. 28 February 1963. DVD. Image Entertainment, 2005.

Although it's not much, it is Shakespeare.

In this episode, the character of Mr. Smith is played by Burgess Meredith, whom we last saw hoping to spend the rest of his days reading Shakespeare and other great authors (for which, q.v.). Mr. Smith is the devil; when his advances toward the Editor-in-Chief's friend are spurned, he dismisses her with a curt title of a Shakespeare play:  Love's Labour [sic] Lost:

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