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 »
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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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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