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
Tom Waits favorite The Twilight Zone, his favorite show, partly because Klugman's close resemblance to his own father. 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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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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