Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 5

The Last Night of a Jockey (25 Oct. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" The Last Night of a Jockey (original title)

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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 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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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 Twilight Zone (1959). Close runner-ups include Twilight Zone: Where Is Everybody? (1959), Twilight Zone: King Nine Will Not Return (1960), Twilight Zone: Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room (1960), Twilight Zone: The Invaders (1961) and Twilight Zone: Two (1961). See more »

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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 »

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Narrator: [opening narration] The name is Grady, five feet short in stockings and boots, a slightly distorted offshoot of a good breed of humans who race horses. He happens to be one of the rotten apples, bruised and yellowed by dealing in dirt, a short man with a short memory who's forgotten that he's worked for the sport of kings and helped turn it into a cesspool, used and misused by the two-legged animals who've hung around sporting events since the days of the Coliseum. So this is Grady, on his last ...
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Part of the sports-themed/broken men line of episodes
28 June 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, United States) – See all my reviews

You could make a special showing of just the Twilight Zones that were about broken men with ruinous desires (maybe someone has?), and you would have quite a depressing evening of episodes, including this one. Or maybe an evening of the shows with a sports-related theme? That would also include this one and also be depressing... anyway, what stands out about this episode is the knockout performance by Mickey Rooney, who flawlessly plays two characters, and his conversations with himself are the perfect mix of mocking and creepiness. You will see the O. Henry-esquire ending coming a mile a way, but even so, it's well worth your time to watch. It would be so great to read what reviewers said about this episode and Rooney's performance back in the day. Sadly, the audio commentary by Rooney on the DVD Special Edition is not so great - he doesn't really provide any insight into this episode nor into Serling. He also dismisses the idea that there are so many modern fans of the show among young people.


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