The Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 27

Sounds and Silences (3 Apr. 1964)

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Roswell Flemington enjoys loud noises, is an annoyance to others and is suitably punished.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Roswell G. Flemington
Michael Fox ...
Renee Aubry ...
Ms. Abernathy
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Conklin (as William Benedict)
Penny Singleton ...
Mrs. Flemington


Rosswell G. Flemington owns a model ship company and loves everything nautical. That's not his problem however: he likes everything to be loud. He speaks at the top of his lungs, bellowing commands to his staff. He plays his phonograph records - his favorites include the sound of jets flying off the deck of the USS Hornet - as loud as possible, something that leads his wife to leave him. He's not prepared for what happens to him in the Twilight Zone however. Written by garykmcd

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3 April 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Flemington implies that Lord Admiral Nelson lost an arm and an eye at Trafalgar. This was the battle where Nelson lost his life, he had already lost the arm and eye many years earlier. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: When last heard from, Mr. Roswell G. Flemington was in a sanitarium pleading with the medical staff to make some noise. They, of course, believe the case to be a rather tragic aberration - a man's mind becoming unhinged. And for this, they'll give him pills, therapy, and rest. Little do they realize that all Mr. Flemington is suffering from is a case of poetic justice. Tonight's tale of sounds and silences from... the Twilight Zone.
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Roswell G. Flemington
8 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

John McGiver stars as Roswell G. Flemington, owner of a model ship company and lover of everything nautical, who also loves everything loud, and will play records of battles and booming cannons without regard to others. This drives his wife to leave him, and he seeks psychiatric help(his mother hated all kind of noise it seems, driving him to the other extreme) and decides to tune out all things he doesn't want to hear, but this backfires in unexpected ways... Unpopular episode that I nonetheless enjoy because McGiver is perfectly cast as the bombastic man, and in fact there is much uproarious humor to be found with his extreme behavior and destructive actions. Not much point exactly, but entertaining and under-appreciated.

An acquired taste it seems...

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