The Twilight Zone/What You Need

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What You Need
Season 1, Episode 12
Airdate December 25, 1959
Production Number 173-3622
Teleplay by Rod Serling
Based on the short story by
Lewis Padgett
Directed by Alvin Ganzer
Produced by Buck Houghton
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What You Need is the twelfth episode of the first season of The Twilight Zone.

Starring: Steve Cochran (Fred Renard)

and Ernest Truex (Pedott)

with Read Morgan (Lefty), Arline Sax (Girl in Bar), William Edmonson (Bartender), Doris Karnes (Woman on the Street), Fred Kruger (Man on the Street), Norman Sturgis (Hotel Clerk)

Uncredited: Rod Serling (Narrator)


Plot Overview

A thuggish man is given a pair of scissors by an impish little man, who claims that the scissors are just what he needs, and indeed, the scissors save his life when his necktie gets caught in an elevator door and nearly chokes him to death. Believing that the little man can give people what they need, the brute sets out after him, under the mistaken belief that he can use the man's powers to become rich.



The Show

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Allusions and References

Memorable Moments