The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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In Praise of Pip 

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 ... See full summary »

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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 David Stevens

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27 September 1963 (USA)  »

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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 »

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When Jack Klugman receives a phone call from his landlady he has a cigarette in his left hand. It's still there as he hangs up the phone. After a cut to another camera angle the cigarette is gone. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] 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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Featured in Not Fade Away (2012) See more »

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A Tour de Force for Jack Klugman
10 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is incredibly cinematic for a TV show. The use of the hall of mirrors is remindful of The Third Man and Harry Lime. I'm sure there was a little of that in Serling's mind when he did this episode. This is an excellent story. It begins with a soldier, lying on a litter, ready to be taken to an evac hospital. He has little chance of survival. Cut to Jack Klugman's character, a cheap bookie who has no prospects. His son Phillip, called Pip, is the soldier. He is the only thing of significance in the man's life. He worries about him and expects news from time to time. He is, of course, at the beck and call of the guy who runs the book. Anyway, Klugman gets news that his son is dying in Vietnam (a place that many didn't know very well as of yet). To save another young man, he takes a bullet from a thug, retaliates, and goes on the run, rapidly losing blood. This is where Pip comes in. He appears as a child, giving Klugman's character a chance to spend some time with him. The man is known as a guy who has never made a sacrifice for anyone. Now he gets his chance. Very good episode.


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