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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Die! You're on Magic Camera
Plot:
A young photographer discovers a strange camera that can photograph incidents yet to happen. But he is persuaded by its creators. And the people whose futures have already been predicted by the camera.
Episode:
0068
Air Dates:
First Run - April 3, 1974
Repeat - June 26, 1974
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15 Responses to Episode 0068


Excellent episode! The title is an homage to the old Candid Camera program: "Smile, you're on Candid Camera." The thinly-veiled demonic character Nick Scarlett bemoaning how much more difficult it is to do a good deed than an evil one. The story is obviously similar to the Twilight Zone episode "A Most Unusual Camera." Fantasy episode, demonic intervention.

This is an excellent episode except for one thing. Why would the devil try to prevent anyone from self-destructing? It would be more convincing if an angel were reasoning with him instead to protect himself. The line about the devil having a hard time doing the man a favor doesn't ring true. His motive is never a man's best interest.

Another interesting story about a photographer turned detective who happens upon a camera that is capable of predicting the future.

Greed, murder and a camera that can see crime in the future. The episode plays like an old fashioned twilight zone.

An aspiring photographer obtains a special camera that takes photographs of future events. He soon finds that the people who made the camera want it back. So do those whom were photographed.

A man comes into possession of an instant camera with mysterious properties. The picture that develops when he takes a photo of his friend outside a bank shows a robbery with the faces of the criminals. It appears that the camera can show the future. As the pair talk about what they can do with it, a gentleman arrives from the company that made the camera wanting it back, claiming it was a prototype that accidentally was put for sale. Of course the pair is unwilling to give up this amazing camera and they receive a stern warning from the camera agent. Great episode.

I've always liked the premise of meeting the devil (or one of his minions....) Good show.

This was classic CBSRMT. A simple supernatural premise that then explores how those all too common human frailties, greed, avarice, and narcisism work to defeat the protagonists ambitions.

This is one of my favorite episodes. I liked the performance of the man/entity seeking to reclaim the camera. A fun show.

I also really enjoyed this episode. Great premise, good acting. Found it interesting that they never followed up on the future murder The heiress was suppose to commit. Perhaps Lisa (Johnny's girlfriend) would some day try to prevent it. Love the character Nick Scarlet and the line: "It's interesting that I find it much more difficult to do a good deed than an evil one". William Redfield does a great job bringing this character to life. Another question. Who were the two thugs who beat Lisa up, looking for the camera, working for? Perhaps the heiress?

Great episode--just the way I remember them as a kid. I felt bad when the advice of Lisa was ignored for Johny's selfishness to make money. When you are making deals with the devil and your girlfriend tells you to steer clear, you should probably run the other way. 4 stars.

Am I the only one who disliked this episode? It was a rip off of Twilight Zone, and poor Teri Keane was slapped relentlessly (that upset me, because I love her so much).

Die! You're on Magic Camera! Definitely, don't say cheese for this demonic camera!

Good episode. Too bad Johnny wouldn't listen to Lisa and, amazingly enough, the Devil. I agree with others wondering why the Devil would want it back as it seems to work more in his favor when it's out and about.

I agree with RJMGreen (Robert). It's a rip-off of a Twilight Zone episode that aired in 1960 called "A Most Unusual Camera". That aside, I still enjoyed the story even if it wasn't 100% original.

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