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Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room 

Small time criminal Jackie Rhoades must face both his past and his conscience while waiting for his next assignment.

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Douglas Heyes

Writers:

Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Mantell ... Jackie Rhoades
William D. Gordon ... George
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Jackie Rhoades's a 34-year-old, small-time hood who lives in a cheap $4-a-night hotel room. He's waiting to hear about his next job, as 'muscle' but when George shows up telling him his next job's the murder of a bar owner who doesn't want to pay off his gangster bosses, Jackie begins to have a conversation with his alter ego who appears to him in the mirror. The alter ego takes him to task for the choices he made in his life - choices which led him to where he's been; crime, prison and broken relationships. He also offers Jackie an alternative. Written by garykmcd / edited by Rob

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The music for this episode was composed by Jerry Goldsmith who, coincidentally, also wrote the score for the 1974 film 'Chinatown', in which Joe Mantell played a major supporting role as the partner of Jack Nicholson's character. See more »

Goofs

When George meets with Jackie at 2:30 a.m., you can see that Jackie's watch says 5:00. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] This is Mr. Jackie Rhoades, age thirty-four, and where some men leave a mark of their lives as a record of their fragmentary existence on Earth, this man leaves a blot, a dirty, discolored blemish to document a cheap and undistinguished sojourn amongst his betters. What you're about to watch in this room is a strange and mortal combat between a man and himself, for in just a moment, Mr. Jackie Rhoades, whose life has been given over to fighting adversaries, will find his most...
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Connections

Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Twilight Zone Theme
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Composed by Marius Constant
(seasons 2-5)
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Self-Reflection
19 April 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The smalltime crook Jackie Rhoades is a 34 year-old loser that lives in a cheap room in a low-budget hotel. He is waiting for his boss George to acknowledge his next job. When George arrives, Jackie learns that he must kill a bar owner that refuses to pay for protection to George and his gang. Soon his conscience appears in the mirror and questions his choices in life, warning that if he kills the man, he will climb to the next level in the criminal career. What will Jackie do?

"Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room" is another great episode of "The Twilight Zone". The discussion of Jackie Rhoades with his conscience is excellent and the conclusion is excellent. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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