Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 1

In Praise of Pip (27 Sep. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" In Praise of Pip (original title)

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In the early 1960's, small-time bookie Max Phillips (Jack Klugman) hates his life. His only pride is his son, Pip, then serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam. When a young bettor uses... See full summary »

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In the early 1960's, small-time bookie Max Phillips (Jack Klugman) hates his life. His only pride is his son, Pip, then serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam. When a young bettor uses company funds to bet with Max, then loses everything, Max returns his money, angering Max's bosses. Written by David Stevens

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Features perhaps the first scene in American television set in the Vietnam War, the opening scene where a wounded Pip is brought into the field hospital. It's also one of the first American TV dramas to mention the conflict in Vietnam and feature a Vietnam veteran, although Route 66 had added a Vietnam veteran character earlier in the year. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Submitted for your approval, one Max Phillips, a slightly-the-worse-for wear maker of book, whose life has been as drab and undistinguished as a bundle of dirty clothes. And, though it's very late in his day, he has an errant wish that the rest of his life might be sent out to a laundry to come back shiny and clean, this to be a gift of love to a son named Pip. Mr. Max Phillips, Homo sapiens, who is soon to discover that man is not as wise as he thinks - said lesson to be ...
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Truly ahead of its time
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In 1963, the year of the first broadcast of this episode, I was a junior in college in the ROTC program and within a year would be requested to indicate my first assignment. As another said, Vietnam did not really exist in the minds of the American public to any degree and to me was just another name on a sheet of places to be stationed. Although I have seen this episode a number of times, I had never seen the beginning when the name of the country is flashed on the screen. What a shock that was even though I found out that it was not Serling's idea to use that country but rather Laos. Good story and performances but I can say that my father would not be able to relate to Klugman. To him it was duty, honor, and country and you did what you had to do.


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