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)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Big Man, Yesterday!
11 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes we forget what a great actor Mickey Rooney was. He was multi-talented, full of energy, and always gave a great show, even when he was twelve years old. In this tour de force, he plays a jockey who has been caught doping horses and throwing races. He has been issued a lifetime ban from racing, basically ending his productive life. Despite this, he still blames everyone else. As he lies in self pity in a crummy room, he begins to hear voices from his subconscious. These are later made visual in mirrors, coffee pots, shards of glass. They taunt him and belittle him. He responds with violence and anger. He always wanted to be a big man, a man people would look up to. Well, Serling throws him that bone. What happens as a result is pure Twilight Zone.

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