Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
Within the course of one hour 5 stories are shown. None of these stories have any logical explanation, and some of them actually occurred. You are left to decide which of these stories, if ... See full summary »
After being shot in the act of a robbery, small-time bottom-feeder Rocky Valentine is visited by the angelic and portly "Mr. Pip" who transports him into a reality in which he can do no wrong. Rocky quickly discovers that "having" is not so pleasing a thing as "wanting". Especially, in the Twilight Zone. Written by
Sebastian Cabot was reluctant to dye his brunette hair and beard blonde, since the peroxide used for it ensured that the color would remain for about six months. See more »
When Rocky attempts to shoot Pip, he shoots a lamp to make sure the gun works. The lamp breaks a full second after he shoots, showing that it's just an effect. See more »
A scared, angry little man who never got a break. Now he has everything he's ever wanted - and he's going to have to live with it for eternity - in The Twilight Zone.
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Solid entry that raises a couple of interesting philosophical questions. First, can there be too much of a good thing. And second (and more problematically), how would you feel if you knew the outcome of your actions was determined by an unnatural force outside yourself. Your choices would remain free choices, but the outcomes themselves would result from programming outside yourself. So whether you choose to roll the dice or not, for example, remains a matter of free choice. However, if you do roll them, the outcome is determined not by force of gravity or by a law of averages, but by an outside programmer who has already decided whether you will win or lose. Could you still take pleasure in your choices knowing that the results were out of your hands, so to speak.
Blyden's small-time thief has just such an experience after being shot in a robbery. Sets are imaginative and well-mounted. Much of the polish is no doubt do to director John Brahm, who was for many years a stylish filmmaker with 20th Century/Fox. Larry Blyden is appropriately obnoxious as a bottom-feeder who suddenly can do no wrong, while portly Sebastian Cabot projects the unusual quality of sinister geniality. And who wouldn't want to be in Blyden's shoes? An episode to think about.
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