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Arthur Curtis, a respectable businessman, instructs his secretary in her room what she should do. Then he enters his cabinet and is suddenly approached by a film director. He is actually Gerald Raigan, an actor playing a businessman and it was a shooting all the time. The problem is Gerald still believes he is a businessman now after "Cut" was said and he is supposed to go out of his role.

Gerald is assaulted by his angry former wife who wants to squeeze from him the money given to her by the court decision (as much of it as she can). However he never caves in and continues claiming that he is Arthur Curtis. The episode is dedicated to his tribulations in the in-universe RealLife where he is always treated as Gerald Raigan but always says he is Arthur Curtis.

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It's just another workday for Arthur Curtis, Curtis (Howard Duff), a respectable businessman, instructs businessman. After giving his secretary in her room what she should do. Then some instructions, he enters his cabinet office and tries to make a phone call, but the phone isn't working. However, that's not his biggest problem, because his whole world is suddenly approached about to change with the utterance of one word: "Cut."

Arthur, who thought he was alone in the office, turns around. He discovers that one of the walls has somehow been replaced
by a film director. He soundstage, complete with director and a full production crew! According to these people, Arthur is actually Gerald Raigan, an actor playing a businessman and it was a shooting all the time. The problem is titular role in the film ''The Private World of Arthur Curtis''. However, Gerald still believes that he really is a businessman now after "Cut" was said and he is supposed to go out of his role.

Arthur Curtis.

Gerald is assaulted by his angry former wife who wants to squeeze from him the money given to her by the court decision (as much of it as she can). However he never caves in and continues claiming that he is Arthur Curtis. The episode is dedicated to his tribulations in the in-universe RealLife where he is always treated as Gerald Raigan but always says continues to insist that he is Arthur Curtis.



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* DivorceAssetsConflict: It is harsh between Gerald Raigan and his wife Nora. Arthur Curtis however does not seem to know anything about that conflict. His wife even takes the checkbook out of Gerald's drawer and literally spells his name to him so that he can sign a check.

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* AmbiguousSituation: Is Arthur Curtis a real person, or is he a delusional Gerald Raigan? We never find out for sure, and the story works either way.
* DivorceAssetsConflict: It is harsh between Gerald Raigan and his wife Nora. However, Arthur Curtis however does not doesn't seem to know anything about that conflict. His wife even takes the checkbook out of Gerald's drawer and literally spells his name to him so that he can sign a check.



* HeroStoleMyBike: Curtis/Raigan hijacks the car of Brinkley which was conveniently parked in front of his house. Brinkley runs out of the house but can only see the departing vehicle.

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* HeroStoleMyBike: Curtis/Raigan hijacks the car of Brinkley Brinkley's car, which was conveniently parked in front of his house. Brinkley runs out of the house but can only see the departing vehicle.



* MindScrew: Par for the course for the Twilight Zone. It is very convoluted and no-one can definitely say whether the character ultimately was Arthur Curtis or Gerald Raigan.

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* MindScrew: Par for the course for the ''The Twilight Zone. Zone''. It is very convoluted and no-one can definitely say whether the character ultimately was is Arthur Curtis or Gerald Raigan.



* NiceGuy: Brinkley in the end turns out to be the one in the harsh universe of Gerald. He is first demanding to him and warns that his career can stop if he continues to be as negligent as before. However, later, as Curtis/Raigan goes on saying that he is definitely Curtis the lawyer, but not Raigan the actor, Brinkley confesses that he understands the hero and he also wishes he was another character than he is. Later Curtis/Raigan steals Brinkley's car to arrive in time before the set was dismantled to return in the other universe.

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* NiceGuy: Brinkley in the end (Creator/DavidWhite), Gerald's agent, turns out to be the one in the harsh universe of Gerald. He is first demanding to him and warns that his career can stop if he continues to be as negligent as before. However, later, as Curtis/Raigan goes on saying that he is definitely Curtis the lawyer, but not Raigan the actor, Brinkley confesses that he understands the hero and he also wishes he was another character than he is. Later Curtis/Raigan steals Brinkley's car to arrive in time before the set was dismantled to return in the other universe.universe.
* TheOner: Done to establish the reality of Arthur Curtis' world so that the ProsceniumReveal would be that much more shocking. Arthur enters his office, opens the blinds on the window, then turns around to make a phone call. When he hears the word "Cut!" and turns back, the wall with the window is gone, replaced by the soundstage! The camera never cuts away from Arthur during the scene. According to Marc Scott Zicree's ''The Twilight Zone Companion'', director Ted Post accomplished the trick by having the office wall built on rails and silently moved out of the way while Arthur was making his phone call.


* ShowWithinAShow: Gerald Raigan plays the title character in the film ''The Private World of Arthur Curtis''.

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* ShowWithinAShow: Gerald Raigan plays the title character in the film ''The Private World of Arthur Curtis''.Curtis'' (the plot of which is never revealed).


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* {{Tuckerization}}: Arthur Curtis' daughter Tina is named after Creator/RichardMatheson's daughter.


* LongingForFictionland: Brinkley thinks that Gerald Raigan has convinced himself that he is Arthur Curtis as he attracted by the character's happy life with his loving wife Marian and daughter Tina.

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* LongingForFictionland: Brinkley thinks that Gerald Raigan has convinced himself that he is Arthur Curtis as he is attracted by the character's happy life with his loving wife Marian and daughter Tina.


* NiceGuy: Brinkly in the end turns out to be the one in the harsh universe of Gerald. He is first demanding to him and warns that his career can stop if he continues to be as negligent as before. However, later, as Curtis/Raigan goes on saying that he is definitely Curtis the lawyer, but not Raigan the actor, Brinkley confesses that he understands the hero and he also wishes he was another character than he is. Later Curtis/Raigan steals Brinkley's car to arrive in time before the set was dismantled to return in the other universe.

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* NiceGuy: Brinkly Brinkley in the end turns out to be the one in the harsh universe of Gerald. He is first demanding to him and warns that his career can stop if he continues to be as negligent as before. However, later, as Curtis/Raigan goes on saying that he is definitely Curtis the lawyer, but not Raigan the actor, Brinkley confesses that he understands the hero and he also wishes he was another character than he is. Later Curtis/Raigan steals Brinkley's car to arrive in time before the set was dismantled to return in the other universe.


* DivorceAssetsConflict: It is harsh between Gerald Raigan and his wife Nora. Arthur Curtis however does not seem to know anything about that conflict. His wife even takes the checkbook out of the Gerald's drawer and literally spells his name to him so that he can sign a check.
* GainaxEnding: It is implied that the character might indeed have been Arthur Curtis all along. He lived in his own universe and only once crossed into the universe where the most part of this episode is set and where he had to be an actor playing his own role. Then Arthur happily returned to his wife.

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* DivorceAssetsConflict: It is harsh between Gerald Raigan and his wife Nora. Arthur Curtis however does not seem to know anything about that conflict. His wife even takes the checkbook out of the Gerald's drawer and literally spells his name to him so that he can sign a check.
* GainaxEnding: It is implied that the character might indeed have been Arthur Curtis all along. He lived in his own universe and only once crossed into the universe where the most part of this episode is set and where he had to be an actor named Gerald Raigan playing his own role. Then Arthur happily returned to his wife.wife Marian.



* LongingForFictionland: Brinkley thinks that Gerald Raigan has convinced himself that he is Arthur Curtis as he attracted by the character's happy life with his loving wife Marian and daughter Tina.



* MistakenFromBehind: The protagonist mistakes a little girl for his daughter from behind.

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* MistakenFromBehind: The protagonist Arthur Curtis mistakes a little girl for his daughter Tina from behind.

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* ShowWithinAShow: Gerald Raigan plays the title character in the film ''The Private World of Arthur Curtis''.

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Air date: March 11, 1960



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[[caption-width-right:350: Arthur Curtis talks to Gerald Raigan's wife.]]


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[[caption-width-right:350:Sign it!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Sign it!]]
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* TheAlcoholic: It's hinted that Gerald Raigan has a problem with the bottle.



* LostInCharacter: What the crew thinks about Arthur .

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* LostInCharacter: What the crew thinks about Arthur .is Gerald's problem.



* RepeatSoTheAudienceCanHear: Gerald during his first phone call to the operator.

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* RepeatSoTheAudienceCanHear: RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: Gerald during his first phone call to the operator.


* DivorceAssetsConflict: It is harsh between Gerald Raigan and his wife Nora. Arthur Curtis however does not seem to know anything about that conflict.

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* DivorceAssetsConflict: It is harsh between Gerald Raigan and his wife Nora. Arthur Curtis however does not seem to know anything about that conflict. His wife even takes the checkbook out of the Gerald's drawer and literally spells his name to him so that he can sign a check.



* GoldDigger: Nora Reagan. She takes the checkbook out of the Gerald's drawer and literally spells his name to him so that he can sign a check.
* HappilyMarried: Arthur Curtis and his wife Marian

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* GoldDigger: Nora Reagan. She takes the checkbook out of the Gerald's drawer and literally spells his name to him so that he can sign a check.
* HappilyMarried: Arthur Curtis and his wife MarianMarian.


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* LostInCharacter: What the crew thinks about Arthur .


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* MistakenFromBehind: The protagonist mistakes a little girl for his daughter from behind.


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* RepeatSoTheAudienceCanHear: Gerald during his first phone call to the operator.


* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: It is implied that the character might indeed have been Arthur Curtis all along. He lived in his own universe and only once crossed into the universe where the most part of this episode is set and where he had to be an actor playing his own role. Then Arthur happily returned to his wife.]]

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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: It is implied that the character might indeed have been Arthur Curtis all along. He lived in his own universe and only once crossed into the universe where the most part of this episode is set and where he had to be an actor playing his own role. Then Arthur happily returned to his wife.]]



* NiceGuy: Brinkly in the end turns out to be the one in the harsh universe of Gerald. He is first demanding to him and warns that his career can stop if he continues to be as negligent as before. However, later, as Curtis/Raigan goes on saying that he is definitely Curtis the lawyer, but not Raigan the actor, Brinkley confesses that he understands the hero and he also wishes he was another character than he is. Later Curtis/Raigan steals Brinkley's car [[spoiler: to arrive in time before the set was dismantled to return in the other universe.]]

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* NiceGuy: Brinkly in the end turns out to be the one in the harsh universe of Gerald. He is first demanding to him and warns that his career can stop if he continues to be as negligent as before. However, later, as Curtis/Raigan goes on saying that he is definitely Curtis the lawyer, but not Raigan the actor, Brinkley confesses that he understands the hero and he also wishes he was another character than he is. Later Curtis/Raigan steals Brinkley's car [[spoiler: to arrive in time before the set was dismantled to return in the other universe.]]

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