In the early 1960s, small-time bookie Max Phillips (Jack Klugman) hates his life. His only pride is his son, Pip, who is serving the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam. When a young man uses ...
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In the early 1960s, small-time bookie Max Phillips (Jack Klugman) hates his life. His only pride is his son, Pip, who is serving the U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam. When a young man uses company funds to place a bet with Max, the man loses the wager. Max then returns his money, which angers Max's bosses. Written by
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 »
Very little comment here, save for this small aside: that the ties of flesh are deep and strong, that the capacity to love is a vital, rich and all-consuming function of the human animal, and that you can find nobility and sacrifice and love wherever you may seek it out: down the block, in the heart, or in the Twilight Zone.
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Small time bookie Jack Klugman has little to show for his life, but a son played by Bobby Diamond, late of the Fury series, who is now serving as one of our first combat troops in Vietnam. Diamond is wounded and on the operating table fighting for his life.
Halfway around the world Jack Klugman who is an reflective mood returns money that some poor young schnook bet and lost with him which doesn't please his bosses. That leaves in a crisis of his own after he's wounded by those selfsame bosses.
This episode though the title character is that of Diamond belongs to Jack Klugman who gives an impassioned performance as Max Phillips the bookmaker who makes one last bet with the forces of the universe. And those forces collect. Also note young Billy Mumy who even with black and white photography disguising his red hair and freckles doesn't quite look like a kid who would grow up to be Bobby Diamond.
Klugman really shines in this episode, especially in his scenes with Mumy who comes to him while he's wounded as his son when he was a child whom he never was a proper dad for.
Jack Klugman's fans should not miss this one.
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