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
This is the first of four episodes starring Jack Klugman. He starred in more episodes than any other actor. 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, 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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While "The Twilight Zone" had many memorable episodes, few can touch this one for its subtlety and beauty. This is a prime example of what Rod Serling could do when he wasn't trying to be preachy or commercial.
An alcoholic trumpeter, sensing all of his chances are used up, attempts to kill himself, and runs into a seeming kindred soul. Within this seemingly simple plot, Serling's script comes up with some incredibly moving language (Klugman's monologue at the beginning is still one of my favorites), and the actors don't disappoint. Jack Klugman is magnificent as the lost soul, and John Anderson (as the kindred soul) is low-key but equally effective in his own way. Take these and some lovely direction (love the framing of Anderson's exit shot), and you'll find one of the series' best episodes.
If you get the chance, don't miss this one!
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