The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Hocus-Pocus and Frisby 

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.



(teleplay by), (based on a story by) (as Frederic Louis Fox) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Somerset Frisby
Milton Selzer ...


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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Release Date:

13 April 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The visitors' car is a Renault Caravelle convertible. See more »


[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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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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Tall Tales
29 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Andy Devine plays Somerset Frisby, who owns a country store and Gas station in the country, and loves to tell tall tales to his customers, who get quite a rise out of them, since if they were to be believed, would make Frisby the most heroic and brilliant man who ever lived! One day, two strangers come to visit, and believe Frisby's boasting, so later that day kidnap him from afar and take him to their spaceship, since they are in fact aliens who are trying to find such a brilliant Earthman that Frisby seems to be! Just how can Somerset get out of this mess? Obviously this is quite contrived, with silly looking aliens, but Devine is quite amusing here, and episode a lot of fun as long as you don't believe a word of it of course...

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