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
Franchot Tone filmed the club sequences in the early part of production before suffering a face-injury (Liam Sullivan claimed to have fallen off a terrace to a driveway picking a flower for a girlfriend; Rod Serling, that a jealous romantic rival attacked). The left side of his face was swollen, but Montgomery Pittman chose not to hire a new actor to redo Tone's scenes and continue, but resumed filming having only his right side exposed to the camera. Interestingly, it caused Tone's character to be denied eye contact while mocking Sullivan's, so made his character a more complex one and added and extra dimension of emotion to the plot. See more »
Himself - Host:
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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Twist at the end is essential, so I wont say a word.
You have to watch this one before you know the twist at the end because that is mostly what this story is about. There's a bit of class prejudice and a questioning of what a man is behind his proud public exterior.
Most of the interest is quite simply in who's going to win the bet? A wager between two men in an exclusive club. The bet is that a very talkative man, Taylor (Franchot Tone) cannot keep silent for a year. His opponent, Tennyson is a fairly nasty sort, who resorts to taunting the hushed man with rumours of his wife being seen with young men while he's living in a glass partition in the club.
Interesting enough, but there's nothing truly TZ about this one. It could have been an episode in a very different anthology series, much like 'The Jeopardy Room' (series five) could have been. Just a decent piece of TV story telling.
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