The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 32

A Passage for Trumpet (20 May 1960)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Joey Crown
Frank Wolff ...
Mary Webster ...
James Flavin ...
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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20 May 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is the first of four episodes starring Jack Klugman. He starred in more episodes than any other actor. See more »


When Joey is playing, it is obvious that the fingerings don't match the tune, revealing that he isn't really playing at all. At one point, he even held a valve only halfway down, which would have resulted in a very flat/bad note. 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 Fast Company (1953) See more »

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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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