The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
25 user 2 critic

The Man in the Bottle 

A luckless couple stumbles upon fortune when a genie materializes from a bottle in their antique shop. The genie grants them four wishes but warns them, prophetically, to be careful what you wish for.


Don Medford


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Luther Adler ... Arthur Castle
Vivi Janiss ... Edna Castle
Joseph Ruskin ... Genie
Olan Soule ... IRS Man (as Olan Soulé)
Lisa Golm ... Mrs. Gumley


Arthur and Edna Castle run a small antique shop but business is not good and they're having trouble paying their bills. Despite that, the good-hearted Arthur buys an old wine bottle from the desperate Mrs. Gumley for a dollar. When he knocks the bottle open, a genie appears offering them four wishes. They soon find that their wishes don't lead them to the outcomes they had hoped for and certainly don't lead to happiness. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Did You Know?


This episode takes place in 1960 and on April 30, 1945. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Castle, gentle and infinitely patient people, whose lives have been a hope chest with a rusty lock and a lost set of keys. But in just a moment that hope chest will be opened, and an improbable phantom will try to bedeck the drabness of these two people's failure-laden lives with the gold and precious stones of fulfillment. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Castle, standing on the outskirts and about to enter the Twilight Zone.
See more »


Spoofed in Futurama: I Dated a Robot (2001) See more »

User Reviews

Not what I thought
19 July 2018 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

I knew there was an episode of this show about a genie. I just always envisioned him as looking like a standard genie. Instead, he looked like just a normal person. It really is neat to read about something from a movie or TV show and then see how it's different than what you thought. So, there's this genie this couple summons. He gives an easy way of giving them a million dollars.

They end up losing 94% of it to taxes. I really don't know if that can even happen, but we'll let it slide. There's a somewhat famous wish near the end. The husband wishes he was the ruler of a country where he couldn't be voted out of power and turns into Hitler. I've never heard of a genie that gave four wishes. Well, I like unique stuff. ***1/2

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 25 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

7 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man in the Bottle See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.

Recently Viewed