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 favorite Twilight Zone of Rod Serling's daughter Anne. Watching she noticed several conversations between son Pip and father Pop were almost identical to banter she had with her father. Rod Serling nicknamed her daughter Pop, not Pip, and the final image on screen which fits the narrative was also a personal message to his daughter. 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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Rod Sterling was one of the first to tackle serious issues. He was the first to criticize the Vietnam War. Why is my son dying there, there is not even suppose to be a war there. Your to child, to young to die! He had to fight with the network and the sponsors. A powerful message against the war. To Bad President Johnson and Robert McMarra did not watch this episode. Rod Sterling has taken on many issues form Racism, to prejudice and he hits the nail on this issue if he were alive today we could be speaking about Iraq. Jack Klugman give one of his best performances. The direction and irony of the amusement park and the hall of mirrors all adds to the message. This is on of the 5 best, up there with To Serve Man and the Howling Man.
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