Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 27

Sounds and Silences (3 Apr. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" Sounds and Silences (original title)

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

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Roswell G. Flemington
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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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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 »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: This is Roswell G. Flemington, two hundred and seventeen pounds of gristle, lung tissue and sound decibels. He is, as you have perceived, a noisy man, one of a breed who substitutes volume for substance, sound for significance, and shouting to cover up the readily apparent phenomenon that he is nothing more than an overweight and aging perennial Sea Scout whose noise-making is in inverse ratio to his competence and his character. But soon our would-be admiral of the fleet ...
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It's as if They Couldn't Think of Anything
18 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very forgettable episode starring John McGiver. He runs a model ship making business. He is a Navy veteran and has carried his experiences to his business. He alienates his workers and his wife with his loud, loud being. He rings bells and plays his stereo loudly (battle sounds and planes taking off). People despise him. He is cruel and insensitive. One day, everything seems to get a hundred times louder than normal. A faucet drip sounds like Niagara Falls. Squeaky shoes are incredibly abrasive. He sees doctors and things he has a solution. But sometimes we don't really want what we wish for. It's just a pretty poorly done episode. It's as if Serling was saying, "Let's see. What if a loud man had to deal with real loudness? What then?


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