Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 30

Hocus-Pocus and Frisby (13 Apr. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" Hocus-Pocus and Frisby (original title)

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A rural gas station attendant given to telling tall tales about himself is kidnapped by aliens who believe him to be one of Earth's leading intellects.

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Somerset Frisby runs a country store and gas station and loves to tell tall tales to his friends. To listen to him he's graduated from several universities and his advice to Henry Ford created the auto industry. His friends always have a good laugh but two patrons seem to take a interest in Somerset and his stories. They're aliens who think they've found the perfect human specimen to take back to their home planet. Somerset wants nothing to do with and to his great surprising has the weapon he needs to make his escape in his pocket. It all should give him a good tale for his pals. Written by garykmcd

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Narrator: The reluctant gentleman with the sizeable mouth is Mr. Frisby. He has all the drive of a broken camshaft and the aggressive vinegar of a corpse. As you've no doubt gathered, his big stock in trade is the tall tale. Now, what he doesn't know is that the visitors out front are a very special breed, destined to change his life beyond anything even his fertile imagination could manufacture. The place is Pitchville Flats, the time is the present. But Mr. Frisby's on the first leg ...
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Aliens versus Andy Devine
16 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Fun tale about an insignificant and mendacious man who spins tall stories from his gas station. Andy Devine plays the country boy, Frisby, in this charming little story. Devine is best remembered for his roles in westerns such as 'Stagecoach' and 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence'(as the hopeless sheriff). Frisby has a little following of local men who like to listen to and laugh at his bovine excrement. One day the inconvenience of customers breaking his flow of lies brings him a potential audience who would never doubt his veracity. Somerset Frisby is well named, like a cross between prolific author Somerset Maugham and something throwaway that returns. There's something I like about Andy Devine getting to represent the entire planet. Please don't look for slick special effects. Just enjoy the hokum of one of the best comedy entries.


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