Ed Lindsay has been living in the same boarding house for over 20 years and he has become an embittered old man. He doesn't like how the world has changed around him and his crotchety behavior has made him certainly the most disliked man there. When he turns on his old radio however, he gets music from the 1940's on a station that, it turns out, has been off the air for 15 years. There's a reason he hears the music however, a reason a fellow boarder reminds him of. Written by
No one's ever saw one quite like that, because that's a very special sort of radio. In its day, circa 1935, its type was one of the most elegant consoles on the market. Now, with its fabric-covered speakers, its peculiar yellow dial, its serrated knobs, it looks quaint and a little strange. Mr. Ed Lindsay is going to find out how strange very soon - when he tunes in to The Twilight Zone.
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Although there isn't much narrative, and a conclusion that doesn't really satisfy, there's a lot I like about this. Ed Lyndsay (Dean Jagger) is an aging man living in a boarding house who finds 1940's shows on his radio. Ed listens to 'Im Getting Sentimental Over You' played by Tommy Dorsey's band and becomes nostalgic. Yet there seems to be no station actually broadcasting the shows he's hearing and reliving so fondly. He comments on TV turning the minds of the other boarders to mush. Very early on this episode shows TV as a dull medium with its cigarette advertising (as a one Mr Rod Serling used to do along with his announcements for the next week) and so many channels with only rubbish on them (even then!). Radio is shown as a more intimate, inspiring, and imaginative medium through Ed's point of view. Another aging boarder Vinnie (Carmen Matthews) becomes concerned with Ed's 1940's radio obsession, and for very personal, emotional reasons.
The message is to live your life to the full and to find yourself and happiness before its too late. I so love the Zone for the universality and timelessness of its meanings.
Now go and tune in to a TV that shows great early 60's sci-fi and get nostalgic.
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