The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Kind of a Stopwatch 

A man is given a stopwatch that halts time.


John Rich


Rod Serling (teleplay by), Michael D. Rosenthal (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Erdman ... McNulty
Herbie Faye ... Joe Palucci
Leon Belasco ... Potts
Doris Singleton ... Secretary
Roy Roberts ... Mr. Cooper
Dick Wessel ... Charlie (as Richard Wessel)
Ray Kellogg Ray Kellogg ... Fred (as Ray Kellog)
Ken Drake Ken Drake ... Daniel


Patrick Thomas McNulty, an obnoxious blow-hard who has an opinion for every possible situation and topic there is. People find him insufferable: his co-workers, the regulars at the bar he frequents, his boss as well. McNulty submits a grocery list of suggestions to really turn Cooper Corporations around. His boss, Mr. Cooper, dislikes his ideas wanting to keep his business simple. Cooper discards McNulty, along with all of his ideas. Patrick returns to his local watering hole. The bartender Joe has a talk with McNulty, trying to help him realize that the problem may be McNulty's personality, and the fact that he is responsible for alienating everybody. However, he doesn't drive everyone away tonight. There's one strange little man in a bar who seems as desolate and lonely as he is. A bizarre foreign man by the name of Potts. Well, misery loves company. Patrick buys him a beer. Potts is touched. These poor two seem to be made for each other. Patrick offers him the gift of friendship. ... Written by Dane Youssef

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Release Date:

18 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The helicopter seen briefly is a Sikorsky H-19 (S-55) Chickasaw. See more »


At about the 12:55 minute mark as McNulty is watching out of his window while stopping and starting time, a collection of shots from around the world. In one of the shots is what looks like a French policeman directing cars from the early 1930's . Then the next shot shows modern (at the time) cars on a freeway. See more »


McNulty: Say, uh, you wouldn't be interested in having dinner, would ya?
Secretary: If I were starving to death and you were the last man on Earth and it meant my survival, I might be. But I'm not, you're not, and it doesn't, so drift, McNulty.
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Spoofed in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIV (2003) See more »

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2 July 2008 | by jcravens42See all my reviews

This episode would have fit well in the very first season; it's the usual Serling winning formula (though this is adapted from another writer). Richard Erdman has a ball playing a character we all must surely have worked with at one time or another. The gift of the watch is a bit out-of-the-blue, much the same way the guy in "The Chaser" just happens to show up with a helpful, magical address. And like, like "A Most Unusual Camera", you wonder why the main character doesn't figure out the value of the gift much earlier. Still, it's a classic episode and one any real fan will enjoy, and after watching, you will start realizing how often you've seen stories like this in other TV shows and movies that came after.

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