The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Last Night of a Jockey 

A washed-up jockey gets his wish while waiting for the results of his race fixing hearing.



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Grady is a champion jockey who has recently been banned from the sport owing to his participation in race fixing and the drugging of horses. He claims he is innocent and currently has an appeal with the racing commission but his agent isn't hopeful. Suddenly, Grady begins hearing a voice - his own as it turns out, speaking to him from his own mind. As Grady rages over the unfairness of it all, he is granted his one true wish. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

25 October 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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With exactly one performer appearing--either in image or voice, not counting Rod Serling's routine turn as host--this episode features the smallest cast of any in The Twilight Zone (1959). Close runner-ups include The Twilight Zone: Where Is Everybody? (1959), The Twilight Zone: King Nine Will Not Return (1960), The Twilight Zone: Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room (1960), The Twilight Zone: The Invaders (1961) and The Twilight Zone: Two (1961). See more »


Towards the end of the show, when Grady starts throwing furniture around his room, he tosses his dresser drawers from his left to his right. When the dresser lands you can see it from the back and see that there are no drawers in it - it is obviously a stage prop and not a real piece of furniture. See more »


[first lines]
Grady: [answers the phone] Yeah. This is Grady. Who? What paper? Oh yeah, yeah. Yeah, so you're the creep that... I said creep! Yeah, I know who you are! I know who you are! Sure, I read your column. Every time I read it, it makes me sick, I wanna use a stomach pump. Don't try and nuzzle up to me with that Mr. Grady stuff. Three years ago you stuck in the shiv! Listen to me, I had nothing to do with horse doping. NOTHING, you understand that?
[conversation continues]
Grady: Ah, oh sure, a couple ...
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A Big Man
5 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Mickey Rooney is the whole show here playing a troubled Jockey named Grady who was recently banned for horse betting and doping, though he adamantly maintains his innocence and the unfairness of his treatment. While raging in his hotel room, an inner voice asks him what his ultimate wish is, and Grady decides he wants to be big, as he is tired of being a little man, with little respect. Unfortunately for Grady, he didn't think this wish through properly, as he'll discover when it is granted... Rooney tries awfully hard, and though he is believable, his character is too obnoxious, and ultimate reveal too predictable to make this succeed. Not much point to this really.

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