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
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 »
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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"Sounds and Silences" was quite a funny enough ep of the "Twilight Zone" because of lead John McGiver and also Penny Singleton
While I've seen plenty of "Twilight Zone" eps as a teen, this was the first time I've seen this particular one. John McGiver plays a bombastic boss at a model ship building. He shouts at his employees and plays his records of actual sounds of ship battles full blast. His wife (Penny Singleton) can no longer stand him and resolves to leave. I'll stop there and just say director Richard Donner really does make fine use of volume and sound in making a funny take on one man's madness, ditto author Rod Serling on the dialogue he covers. Oh, and it's also fascinating seeing a much-older Ms. Singleton doing something outside of her familiar "Blondie" persona. This was one of her few on screen roles after that movie series ended. She had voiced Jane Jetson on the animated series "The Jetsons" for one season a couple of years back. But because that show's popularity grew when that very season was rerun in both syndication and on network Saturday mornings for a couple of decades, she and the rest of the voice cast would return for more seasons during the late '80s, culminating in the feature film version in 1990 which would be Ms. Singleton's last time doing such. Her final live action appearance was in an ep of "Murder She Wrote" in 1986. She'd pass away an November 12, 2003.
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