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 »
When Joey steps in front of the truck, a lady screams and it shows a close-up of her face. It pans out to a wider shot and for a moment, you can still hear the scream, but the woman's mouth is closed. 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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Entry is really more of a human interest story than anything else, although occult does play a role. Actually, the episode is distinguished by a truly exquisite performance from Klugman, whose down-and-out jazz musician remains a beautifully shaded study in urban despair. It's a low-key masterpiece. Lordly John Anderson also adds strong presence as mysterious goateed stranger. Message is uncharacteristically uplifting one for series, but not inconsistent with Klugman's desperate effort to express himself in jazz riffs. Episode also includes strong series feature: the use of stylized urban sets to heighten prevailing mood, especially nighttime mood. However, it's the human interest dimension that carries this delicately wrought entry.
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