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
The closing monologue ends with Tommy Dorsey's theme song, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", instead of the typical Twilight Zone theme music. See more »
According to the calendar on Ed's bedroom wall, it is April 1959. See more »
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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"Static" is pretty static in terms of anything much happening. In the rooming house where he lives, aging Dean Jagger hates new-fangled TV that the others are glued to. Desperate, he rescues an old radio console for his room, where he mysteriously tunes in to old time radio shows that only he can hear. Naturally, the others think he's going batty. However, it looks like he's somehow tuned in to radio station TZ.
Hitchcock favorites Mathews and Emhardt pick up paydays as co-residents, while thuggish Johnson does a milder version of his usual thing. From the production notes, it appears this entry, along with five others, were cramped into single settings because of a less-costly filming process. This, I assume, explains the general lack of action. Still, the script coordinates plausibly by never needing to leave the boarding house.
Geezers like me, raised on radio instead of TV, can relate to the sentimental premise. Radio entertainment engaged the imagination in ways that TV's literal visuals cannot. While watching this 30-minutes, recollections of Gangbusters, Suspense, Inner Sanctum, et al. flitted happily through my head. Understandably, this is a rather nostalgic entry for some TZ fans, though likely not for all tastes.
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