Musician Joey Crown is down on his luck. A recovered alcoholic, he can't find work because no one trusts him. Broke, he hocks his trumpet but then steps in front of truck which knocks him onto the sidewalk. He awakens in a strange world where no one can see him and he presumes he's died. He eventually bumps into someone who can in fact see him, a fellow horn player who tells him that it's still within Joey's power to decide on life or death. Written by
When Joey is playing, it is obvious that the fingerings don't match the tune, revealing that he isn't really playing at all. At one point, he even held a valve only halfway down, which would have resulted in a very flat/bad note. See more »
Joey Crown, musician with an odd, intense face, whose life is a quest for impossible things like flowers in concrete or like trying to pluck a note of music out of the air and put it under glass to treasure.
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Joey Crown, musician with an odd, intense face, who, in a moment, will try to leave the Earth and discover the middle ground - the place we call The Twilight Zone.
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Entry is really more of a human interest story than anything else, although occult does play a role. Actually, the episode is distinguished by a truly exquisite performance from Klugman, whose down-and-out jazz musician remains a beautifully shaded study in urban despair. It's a low-key masterpiece. Lordly John Anderson also adds strong presence as mysterious goateed stranger. Message is uncharacteristically uplifting one for series, but not inconsistent with Klugman's desperate effort to express himself in jazz riffs. Episode also includes strong series feature: the use of stylized urban sets to heighten prevailing mood, especially nighttime mood. However, it's the human interest dimension that carries this delicately wrought entry.
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