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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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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Was remade as the segment "Act Break" in The Twilight Zone (1985). See more »

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When the bus driver looks in the rear view mirror, Julius Moomer is on the same side of the bus as the driver. But we see that he is on the other side. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Mr. Julius Moomer, a streetcar conductor with delusions of authorship. And if the tale just told seems a little tall, remember a thing called poetic license - and another thing called the Twilight Zone.
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The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of series 4
15 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

For Shakespeare it was Peter Quince. For Serling it was Julius Moomer (Jack Weston). Both great writers conceived of a world's worst writer. Somehow for Shakespeare the idea worked better. The Bard is full of bad jokes. It could have worked much better, especially with Shakespeare (John Williams) up against the shallowness of commercial sponsorship in the form of a pompous businessman (John McGiver). That theme was really close to Rod Serling's heart as a TV writer. Unfortunately, the feckless protagonists in the Zone like Moomer were too often without any redeeming charm (a rare exception would be Andy Devine's Frisby).

'The Bard' is a curate's egg worth having a look at for Burt Reynolds as method actor Rocky Rhodes (appearing about 35 minutes in).


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