Annoyed by a club member's constant chatter, a man bets him he cannot remain silent for a year, living in a glass enclosure in the club basement.

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Col. Archie Taylor
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Jamie Tennyson is an overly talkative member of a private men's club. He is challenged by fellow member Col. Archie Taylor to keep his mouth shut for one year. Should he do so, he would win $500,000. Taylor dislikes Tennyson and if nothing else, finds this a way to get a bit of peace and quiet at the club. Tennyson will live in a room in the club, under observation and will communicate in writing only. As the months go by, Taylor begins to worry that Tennyson may just succeed. He can't believe Tennyson's will but neither party proves to be completely honorable. Written by garykmcd

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This episode takes place from June 2, 1961 to June 3, 1962. See more »

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Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] Mr. Jamie Tennyson, who almost won a bet, but who discovered somewhat belatedly that gambling can be a most unproductive pursuit, even with loaded dice, marked cards, or, as in his case, some severed vocal chords. For somewhere beyond him, a wheel was turned, and his number came up black thirteen. If you don't believe it, ask the croupier, the very special one who handles roulette - in The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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Arrogant old money and the bounder
10 January 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For a little peace and quiet to avoid the sound of his voice that disturbs the solemnity of the men's club that Franchot Tone belongs to, Tone offers him a million dollars if talkative Liam Sullivan stays silent for a year. Tone is arrogant old money and he considers Sullivan a bounder.

Sullivan actually lives in a glass room for a year wired so that if he utters a word it will be recorded. Even the taunting of Tone to Sullivan doesn't break the silence.

This is one of Rod Serling's best Twilight Zone episodes. In the end neither proves to have the best of character and both sacrifice considerably.


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