The Man in the Bottle

The Man in the Bottle
"The Man in the Bottle"
The Twilight Zone episode
Man in the Bottle - Hitler.jpg
Luther Adler and Vivi Janiss in The Man in the Bottle.
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 38
Directed by Don Medford
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music Stock from "What You Need" by Nathan Van Cleave
Production code 173-3638
Original air date October 7, 1960
Guest stars

Luther Adler: Arthur Castle
Vivi Janiss: Edna Castle
Joseph Ruskin: Genie
Peter Coe: First German
Lisa Golm: Mrs. Gumley
Albert Szabo: Second German
Olan Soule: IRS agent

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"The Man in the Bottle" is an episode of the American television series The Twilight Zone.



A poor elderly woman visits Arthur Castle, an unsuccessful pawnbroker, bringing a wine bottle she found in a trash can. It has no value, but he buys it for a small amount out of pity. The bottle proves to contain a genie, who offers to grant four wishes to Castle and his wife. They use their first wish to repair a broken glass cabinet, proving the genie's power, and then receive a million dollars in cash upon making their second wish. After they have given tens of thousands away to their friends, an IRS employee visits the shop and presents the Castles with a tax bill that leaves them with only $5 once they pay it.

The genie warns them that every wish has consequences, and that they should think carefully before making their next one. Castle decides that he wants to be in a position of great power, and wishes to be the leader of a modern and powerful country in which he cannot be voted out of office. He is turned into Adolf Hitler and transported to the last days of World War II, hiding in a Berlin bunker as one of his men brings him a vial of cyanide so he can kill himself. In desperation, he wishes to be returned to his old life, throwing the vial to the floor.

In an instant, Castle is back in his shop and the wine bottle shatters on the floor. He and his wife have nothing to show for their experience except a repaired cabinet - which Castle accidentally breaks again as he sweeps up - and a changed perspective on life. He dumps the pieces of the bottle into a trash can outside; they magically reform into a whole bottle, waiting for someone else to pick it up and release the genie for four wishes.

Production notes

Luther Adler had previously portrayed Hitler in two 1951 feature films: The Magic Face, a fantasy about a European impersonator who somehow manages to murder "der Fuehrer" and then assumes his identity; and The Desert Fox, a drama about Erwin Rommel.

Both the 1891 short story "The Bottle Imp" by Robert Louis Stevenson and the 1901 short story "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs feature an object containing a supernatural power that can grant the wishes of its human possessors, indicating that such is a dangerous power to enjoy.

See also


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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