Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 25

The Silence (28 Apr. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Silence (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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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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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If adjusted for inflation, the $500,000 bet would be equivalent to $3,950,000 in 2014. See more »

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Himself - Host: [Opening Narration] The note that this man is carrying across a club room is in the form of a proposed wager, but it's the kind of wager that comes without precedent. It stands alone in the annals of bet-making as the strangest game of chance ever offered by one man to another. In just a moment, we'll see the terms of the wager and what young Mr. Tennyson does about it. And in the process, we'll witness all parties spin a wheel of chance in a very bizarre casino called the Twilight Zone.
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Watch Your Tongue!
19 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When we consider the price we will pay for the whole idea of honor, we can be viewed as some pretty stupid creatures. In this particular episode, a man wants so much to win that he pays the ultimate price. Of course, there is dishonor in the conclusion, but how can that repay what happens. This is the story of a man who gets fed up with a braggart and wants to shut him up. A bet ensues, and the rest is history. We all crawl inside as we view the pain and intense sacrifice presented here. But how do you cover such a bet. Does no one think? Does no have a moment of "what if"? This is a really unsettling episode, but quite memorable. I first saw it in high school and still remember every moment of it.


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