The Moving Finger
Season 1, Episode 9
Number (#9) in series (139 episodes)
IDOJ episode 1x9 - The Moving Finger
When Jeannie decides to become a movie star to compete with her "rival", she soon realizes that genies don't show up on camera, after Tony accompanies her to the film set.
Air date 13 November 1965
Production code 1.09
Written by Sidney Sheldon, Jerry Seelen & Harry Essex
Directed by Gene Nelson
Guest stars: Nancy Kovack
David McLean
Woodrow Parfrey
Dick Balduzzi
Jim Begg
Arthur Romans
Stephen Whittaker
Joe Brooks
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The Moving Finger is the ninth episode of the First Season of I Dream of Jeannie, and also the ninth overall series episode. Co-written by series creator Sidney Sheldon, Jerry Seelen, and Harry Essex, the episode, which was directed by Gene Nelson, originally aired on NBC-TV on 13 November 1965.


Tony tries to sneak out for a mission to Hollywood, where he is to be the technical advisor for an astronaut film, but Jeannie stops him. He thinks he convinces her to stay home but she smokes herself into an envelope and mails herself to his hotel room. Jeannie blinks herself and Tony to the studios and pretends to be his secretary. Jeannie has stars in her eyes when Tony goes out to dinner with a famous screen actress named Rita Mitchell. She decides to become a movie star to compete with her "rival", but soon realizes that genies don't show up on camera.


  • The movie for which Tony is working bears a similarity to the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage in which scientists are minitaurized and implanted into an agent to save his life.
  • This is the first episode without the spoken introduction.


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