Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 32

A Passage for Trumpet (20 May 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" A Passage for Trumpet (original title)

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A suicidally despondent trumpet player finds himself in a bizarre world where he seems to be the only moving being, except for one helpful other musician.

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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 garykmcd

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The Buch Houghton & Co. truck is a tribute to producer Buck Houghton. See more »

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Several times throughout the episode, after Joey puts the mouthpiece in his trumpet, he bumps it with his hand (causing a audible pop). This is something experienced trumpet players do not do, as it can cause the mouthpiece to jam into the lead pipe, which then requires a tool to properly remove. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Joey Crown, who makes music, and who discovered something about life; that it can be rich and rewarding and full of beauty, just like the music he played, if a person would only pause to look and to listen. Joey Crown, who got his clue in the Twilight Zone.
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A Passage for Serliong
20 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a homage to music. This is about a man who has given up but has the soul of the sweet refrain of the trumpet in him. He tries to end his life, but a kindred spirit comes and teaches him why he can't die, that the music in him must continue. This was the first time I realized who Jack Klugman was. He brings out depression and sadness in this episode, but in this "loser" is more than there is in most of us. There is a wonderful narration by Serling to begin this episode and then he carries it off for us. Often seen a high point for the series, this episode is more about the spirit of a man than about the supernatural--although those elements coincide.


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