The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 30

Hocus-Pocus and Frisby (13 Apr. 1962)

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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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[opening narration]
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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You Never Know Who's Listening In
10 May 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the most droll and more humorous episodes of the Twilight Zone starred Andy Devine who essentially played himself, a guy given to telling some real tall tales. Around the crackerbarrel of his country store, Andy delights a lot of his peers which include such rural types as Dabbs Greer, Howard McNear, and Clem Bevans.

But apparently through whatever kind of telepathy they have, some aliens have heard about the legendary exploits of Andy and think he is a worthy specimen to take back to their planet and study. When Milton Seltzer and the other aliens capture him, Andy is most reluctant to go and does have a unique way of escaping and discovering their weakness while doing so.

Moral of this marvelous Twilight Zone tale is you never know who's listening in, so keep it real.


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