Newspaperman Bill Everett is told by his editor to go to the bar across the street and interview a man who claims to be a Martian. There, Everett meets Howard Wilcox who spins a long tale ... See full summary »

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Newspaperman Bill Everett is told by his editor to go to the bar across the street and interview a man who claims to be a Martian. There, Everett meets Howard Wilcox who spins a long tale about how he woke up one morning to find that his fellow Martians had all disappeared. He traveled to Earth and found himself in Wilcox's body. Everett convinces him to go home to his wife and even offers to accompany him. He nearly convinces Wilcox to keep his story to himself, but when he decides to tell his wife the whole story, Everett must take drastic action. All is explained when Everett provides a complete report to his editor. Written by garykmcd

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24 May 1959 (USA)  »

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In the wide opening newsroom shot, you can see Clint Eastwood on the phone 'talking' It was the only time that Steve McQueen and Clint ever worked together and in one shot. Clint is not credited for his work. See more »

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Hey, Does This Bar Serve Martians?
22 June 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

In 1959, Steve McQueen signed for two episodes with the series. Each is a superior entry. This one seems better suited for the Twilight Zone since it features a guy in a bar (Arthur Hill) who thinks he's a Martian-- hey, buddy, had one too many! Reporter McQueen is sent over to check the guy out for human interest material.

Considering that the time is mostly spent standing around and talking, audience involvement is kept up with a good script and effective acting. McQueen does an excellent job being a sympathetic skeptic as he listens to Hill's fanciful tale of life on Mars before his soul migrated to human form-- and keep those drinks coming since McQueen's publisher is paying for them. Good reactions from bar patrons as they catch snatches of Hill's wild story (then too, who is that bald fat guy whose caricature so prominently adorns the wall).

Ending is rather startling, and appropriate for Hitchcock. McQueen shows why he was on the verge of bigger and better things, while Hill makes an oddly convincing Martian. All in all, this is a faintly humorous and offbeat episode, one you're likely to remember, as I have even after all these years.


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