The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Passage for Trumpet 

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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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Joey Crown
Frank Wolff ...
Mary Webster ...
Truck Driver
Pawnshop Man


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 garykmcd

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Release Date:

20 May 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Joey realizes he is dead because he has no reflection in the theatre mirrors, but when he is in the bar and leans on the jukebox, there are reflections of his face and hand. See more »


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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References Moonfleet (1955) See more »

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Klassic Klugman.
29 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How do I love thee, Jack? Let me count the ways. From your clown face, to your soulful, down and out eyes, you are simply perfect. The consummate actor who puts 110% into each and every one of your performances, and this one is certainly no exception. You don't only ACT the character, you LIVE the character. I know several jazz musicians, and you captured the attitude of the horn players I know with such depth and accuracy that, well, you seem just like a real horn player. I only wish I could have met you personally, to tell you how much your masterful performances formed the core of Twilight Zone's heart and lasting impact and value to society. In this episode, kudos to his superb co-star, John Anderson, who chiseled features and substantial gravitas rounded out this memorable episode to a "tee." RIP, Jack Klugman, you will be sorely missed.

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