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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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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Great Episode
9 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, to SOME of the other comments made, they need to step off their "at-home producer's chair" and just enjoy the drama. It is a great episode! Nothing flashy, nothing fancy, just pure Twilight Zone. This is one of my favorite "straight forward" Twilight Zone episodes. By this, I mean it is like Five Characters in Search of an Exit, or Little Girl Lost. There is 1 main setting, 1 straight forward plot and it is all unveiled through the acting and dialog. It is the simplicity of the story and plot that makes this episode great. Anyways, watch and enjoy! if you want cheesy production techniques, check out Odyssey of Flight 33, where they go back in time and see giant Claymation dinosaurs. Doesn't get any cheesier than that! (I know, in the early 60's those were groundbreaking special effects)


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