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: [Opening Narration] 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.
Narrator: [continued narration subsequent to extensive character dialogue] 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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'Somebody's trying like shake me up'
23 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The first of four TZ's to star Jack Klugman is very much of the mid-twentieth century idiom. This is a dreamy and reflective story about the despair of a has-been trumpet player. The supernatural element, the respect for talented trumpet players, and the emotional qualities here all belong to a by-gone era. I cant help preferring the deeply human essence of TZ to today's drama. A Passage For Trumpet is one of those tales were the value of life is affirmed by showing a life heading for ruin. There were lots of shadowy states of being in the old days in movies like 'It's A Wonderful Life', 'The Devil And Daniel Webster', and 'A Matter Of Life And Death', followed by TZ's like this one.


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