Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 4

A Kind of a Stopwatch (18 Oct. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" A Kind of a Stopwatch (original title)

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A man is given a stopwatch that halts time.

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McNulty
Herbie Faye ...
Joe Belucci
Leon Belasco ...
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Dick Wessel ...
Charlie (as Richard Wessel)
Ray Kellogg ...
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Patrick Thomas McNulty, an obnoxious blow-hard who has an opinion for every possible situation and topic there is. People find him insufferable: his co-workers, the regulars at the bar he frequents, his boss as well. McNulty submits a grocery list of suggestions to really turn Cooper Corporations around. His boss, Mr. Cooper, dislikes his ideas wanting to keep his business simple. Cooper discards McNulty, along with all of his ideas. Patrick returns to his local watering hole. The bartender Joe has a talk with McNulty, trying to help him realize that the problem may be McNulty's personality, and the fact that he is responsible for alienating everybody. However, he doesn't drive everyone away tonight. There's one strange little man in a bar who seems as desolate and lonely as he is. A bizarre foreign man by the name of Potts. Well, misery loves company. Patrick buys him a beer. Potts is touched. These poor two seem to be made for each other. Patrick offers him the gift of friendship. ... Written by Dane Youssef

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One of only three episodes to feature the line "Submitted for your approval" during Rod Serling's opening narration, which is probably the phrase most closely associated with the show that comes from those monologues. See more »

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When McNulty gazes around the bank in the last scene, just before the watch falls, someone "frozen" moves in the background. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Submitted for your approval or at least your analysis: one Patrick Thomas McNulty, who, at age forty-one, is the biggest bore on Earth. He holds a ten-year record for the most meaningless words spewed out during a coffee break. And it's very likely that, as of this moment, he would have gone through life in precisely this manner, a dull, argumentative bigmouth who sets back the art of conversation a thousand years. I say very likely would have except for something that will ...
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What Now, McNulty?
5 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Richard Erdman stars as Patrick Thomas McNulty, a most talkative and opinionated man who drives everyone he meets crazy with his endless suggestions and ideas. One day, after losing his job, he meets a mysterious foreign man named Potts in a bar, then buys him a beer. Out of gratitude, Potts gives McNulty a most unusual stopwatch that somehow has the ability to stop time, freezing in place all people(except the holder of course!) This gives McNulty many ideas on how to get ahead(and get revenge) in his life, but after deciding to rob a bank, a disaster occurs... Erdman is most amusing as McNulty, who isn't really that bad, but it has a memorable premise with a most effective payoff.


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