Twilight Zone Second Season

"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 camera, this one's unusual, because in just a moment we'll watch it inject itself into the destinies of three people. It happens to be a fact that the pictures that it takes can only be developed in the Twilight Zone."

Chester Diedrich and his wife Paula, after burglarizing a curio shop, end up with a camera that takes pictures of events five minutes into the future. Paula's brother Woodward arrives, as predicted by the camera. He and Chester decide to go to the race track with the camera. They make a killing, but back at the hotel a waiter tells them that an inscription on the camera says, "ten to an owner." Chester and Woodward fight over how to use the remaining pictures, and they both fall out the window. Paula takes a picture of them, and gathers her stuff to leave. Suddenly, the waiter comes back. He has figured out they are crooks and he wants the money. He looks at the picture and notices there are more than two bodies, Paula rushes to look out the window, trips and falls to her death. Then the waiter notices there are four bodies instead of three. With a scream, he falls from the window, too.

"Object known as a camera, vintage uncertain, origin unknown. But for the greedy, the avaricious, the fleet of foot who can run a four-minute mile so long as they're chasing a fast buck, it makes believe that it's an ally, but it isn't at all. It's a beckoning come-on for a quick walk around the block - in the Twilight Zone."


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