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
This is the first of four episodes starring Jack Klugman. He starred in more episodes than any other actor. See more »
As Joey goes into the pawn shop to buy back his trumpet, you can see the shadow of the mic boom on the wall to the left of the pawn shop door. And just above his head as he enters the doorway, you can just barely catch the reflection of the boom operator in the pawn shop window. 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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This is a homage to music. This is about a man who has given up but has the soul of the sweet refrain of the trumpet in him. He tries to end his life, but a kindred spirit comes and teaches him why he can't die, that the music in him must continue. This was the first time I realized who Jack Klugman was. He brings out depression and sadness in this episode, but in this "loser" is more than there is in most of us. There is a wonderful narration by Serling to begin this episode and then he carries it off for us. Often seen a high point for the series, this episode is more about the spirit of a man than about the supernatural--although those elements coincide.
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