The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 5

A Game of Pool (13 Oct. 1961)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 909 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 3 critic

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.



, (created by)
Watch Episode
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at IMDb


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 11 Mar 2013
a list of 15 titles
created 18 Jun 2013
a list of 138 titles
created 17 Oct 2013
a list of 32 titles
created 28 Nov 2013
a list of 51 titles
created 4 months ago

Related Items

Search for "A Game of Pool" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: A Game of Pool (13 Oct 1961)

A Game of Pool (13 Oct 1961) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Twilight Zone.
« Previous Episode | 70 of 156 Episodes | Next Episode »




Episode complete credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dee Sharon ...
Brown's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis





Release Date:

13 October 1961 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Jesse Cardiff, pool shark. The best on Randolph Street, who will soon learn that trying to be the best at anything carries its own special risks in or out - of The Twilight Zone.
See more »


Remade as The Twilight Zone: A Game of Pool (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Pool Hall Gunslinger
21 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Remember all those Westerns about the gunslinger who wants to hang up his guns, but is constantly being approached by some young guy who want to draw on him. This is the same story with pool cues. Jack Klugman is the young guy. Jonathan Winters is the old gunfighter. It's about an existence that has little meaning, so focused on one thing, that life has little other meaning. The episode is about the game. If you win you pay a very dear price. But because of the way you're wired, you have to win--there isn't any choice. The acting is good, the game is good, and the conclusion is in doubt. This is one of the more memorable Zones. I think The Hustler may have borrowed a little from it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Large plot hole in Perchance To Dream? dinkywinky123
Best season four episode? rogers-kyle
Five Characters in Search of an Exit rogers-kyle
I Sing the Body Electric gasmaskproductionsbooks
July 4th Marathon steely3000
This might be a good time to start the hotties of the TZ thread gary135r
Discuss A Game of Pool (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: