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 »
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
The script originally had Pip stationed in Laos, but the network had Rod Serling change it to Vietnam. See more »
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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Taking on the Vietnam War in 1963, Always taking on some nonsense from our society. Such a writer. As written in another comment on Rod..." Is there a writer that exists today that is as hard-hitting and prodigious as Serling was?
I hold him in awe not only because he did so much work, (and high-quality work at that) but also because so much of his stuff still holds up so well even today.
I mean, The Twilight Zone will be hitting the half-century mark in two years, yet there seem to be a lot of younger people who like and identify with the stories.
And for the life of me, I can't think of anyone else who's written for TV that can make the same claim (but perhaps you can)." Exactly.
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