"The Twilight Zone" The Bard (TV Episode 1963) - Plot Summary Poster

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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
  • Julius Moomer has given up his job as a streetcar conductor to pursue what he thinks is his true calling - to be a writer. He's gone out and hired an agent, Gerald Hugo, but there's just one problem - he just can't write worth a damn. He's continually pitching hackneyed ideas but when he learns that Hugo is working on a show about black magic he goes off to a bookstore intent on learning more about the subject. The book he finds - actually it sort of finds him - is a book of spells and to his delight, he conjures up none other than William Shakespeare. He soon has Will, as he calls him, writing his scripts and they're a big hit. They're not much of a hit with Shakespeare however when he visits the set and sees just what they have done to his work.

    - Written by garykmcd


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