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

A man is given a stopwatch that halts time.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mr. Cooper
Charlie (as Richard Wessel)
Ray Kellogg ...
Fred (as Ray Kellog)
Ken Drake ...


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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18 October 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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One of only three episodes to feature the line "Submitted for your approval" during Rod Serling's opening narration, which is the phrase usually most associated with the show's monologues. See more »


When McNulty returns to his old office after the stopwatch is broken, one of his coworkers is frozen dropping some crumpled paper into a waste bin, with the paper suspended in mid-fall above the bin. As McNulty rushes past the paper you can see the wind from his movement jostling it as it hangs from its hidden support string. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Mr. Patrick Thomas McNulty, who had a gift of time. He used it and he misused it, and now he's just been handed the bill. Tonight's tale of motion and McNulty - in the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) See more »

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What Now, McNulty?
5 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Richard Erdman stars as Patrick Thomas McNulty, a most talkative and opinionated man who drives everyone he meets crazy with his endless suggestions and ideas. One day, after losing his job, he meets a mysterious foreign man named Potts in a bar, then buys him a beer. Out of gratitude, Potts gives McNulty a most unusual stopwatch that somehow has the ability to stop time, freezing in place all people(except the holder of course!) This gives McNulty many ideas on how to get ahead(and get revenge) in his life, but after deciding to rob a bank, a disaster occurs... Erdman is most amusing as McNulty, who isn't really that bad, but it has a memorable premise with a most effective payoff.

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