The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 5

A Game of Pool (13 Oct. 1961)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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A frustrated pool champ has beaten everyone. Everyone except one man; the legend, Fats Brown. Brown is dead, and the champ can only curse his name. But guess who just walked in.



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Jesse Cardiff is a frustrated pool player. He's very good at his game but his frustration comes from the fact that no matter how well he plays or how often he wins, onlookers always conclude that he's not as good as the late, great James Howard "Fats" Brown. He says he would give anything to have had the chance to play Fats and his wish comes true when the man himself suddenly appears. They agree to a game but Fats warns his eager opponent that winning has its consequences as well. Written by garykmcd

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13 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Mr. Jesse Cardiff, who became a legend by beating one, but who has found out, after his funeral, that being the best of anything carries with it a special obligation to keep on proving it. Mr. Fats Brown, on the other hand, having relinquished the champion's mantle - has gone fishing. These are the ground rules - in The Twilight Zone.
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Remade as The Twilight Zone: A Game of Pool (1989) See more »

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Not one of the best, But Klugman is as usual
1 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jack Klugman as usual gives a terrific performance. The one thing I noticed is the last shot of the game (not mentioning who takes it) In between takes the cue ball and the object ball change positions. Yes Johnathan Winters may not be the best actor, but he is a very funny man. To appreiciate the shows of the time, you have to take into account, budgets, TV era, and studio attitudes of the time for this new medium. There was not the sponsorship money like today. Rod Serling was a pioneer, and we wouldn't have some of the Sci-Fi we have today if not for the efforts of men like Serling, Roddenberry, Bradbury just to name a few.

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