Musician Joey Crown is down on his luck. An 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 that he has 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
Jack Klugman and John Anderson guest starred together in a season 3 episode of "Gunsmoke" two years previous to co-starring in this "Twilight Zone" episode. See more »
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 »
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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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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