Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 18

The Bard (23 May 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" The Bard (original title)

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Julius Moomer, a talentless self-promoting hack who dreams of becoming a successful television writer, uses a book of magic to summon William Shakespeare to write dramatic teleplays that ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Julius Moomer
Doro Merande ...
Henry Lascoe ...
Gerald Hugo
William Lanteau ...
Marge Redmond ...
Clegg Hoyt ...
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Judy Strangis ...
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Julius Moomer, a talentless self-promoting hack who dreams of becoming a successful television writer, uses a book of magic to summon William Shakespeare to write dramatic teleplays that Moomer will pass off as his own. Shakespeare becomes irritated by Moomer's lack of appreciation and is even more appalled when he discovers the changes wrought on his plays by cynical television executives. Written by laird-3

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William Shakespeare (John Williams) quotes lines from his plays nine times with a trumpet flourish sounding each time, and most of the time, him telling what play, act, and scene the quote came from. Three from 'Romeo & Juliet,' two from 'Twelfth Night,' and one each from 'Troilus and Cressida,' 'As You Like It,' and 'A Mid-Summer's Night Dream', plus a partial one from 'Hamlet' (cut short when Shakespeare forgets the end of the "To be or not to be" line. See more »


The woman in the bookstore asks how anyone in their right mind could get rid of Gil Hodges, indicating this would be after Gil was traded to the Senators in May, but he was just mentioned as a player at bat for the Mets. See more »


Julius Moomer: You never heard of Ingrid Bergman?
Julius Moomer: Where ya been pal?... Never mind, don't tell me.
William Shakespeare: A comely woman I take it. One fairer than my love. The all seeing sun ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.
[Trumpets sound, from Romeo & Juliet, Act 1, Scene 2, by Romeo-not mentioned by Shakespeare]
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The Hack
4 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Last broadcast episode of the fourth season stars Jack Weston as Julius Moomer, a talentless hack TV writer who wont stop bothering his agent for jobs, so to get him out of the office, promises him a script if he can devise something worthwhile out of a black magic pilot. Sold on the idea, Julius finds a real book on black magic and somehow conjures up the spirit of William Shakespeare(played by John Williams) who is not impressed by modern Hollywood or Moomer, though he does have ideas... Dud episode is among the worst, featuring forced and unfunny comedy, a most silly ending, and Weston hamming it up with more relish than mustard...

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