The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Passage for Trumpet 

A suicidally despondent trumpet player finds himself in a bizarre world where he seems to be the only moving being, except for one helpful other musician.


Don Medford


Rod Serling

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Episode complete credited cast:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Jack Klugman ... Joey Crown
John Anderson ... Gabriel
Frank Wolff ... Baron
Mary Webster ... Nan
James Flavin ... Truck Driver
Ned Glass ... Pawnshop Man


Musician Joey Crown is down on his luck. An alcoholic, he can't find work because no one trusts him. Broke, he hocks his trumpet but then steps in front of truck which knocks him onto the sidewalk. He awakens in a strange world where no one can see him and he presumes that he has died. He eventually bumps into someone who can in fact see him, a fellow horn player who tells him that it's still within Joey's power to decide on life or death. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

20 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Buch Houghton & Co. truck is a tribute to producer Buck Houghton. See more »


Several times throughout the episode, after Joey puts the mouthpiece in his trumpet, he bumps it with his hand (causing a audible pop). This is something experienced trumpet players do not do, as it can cause the mouthpiece to jam into the lead pipe, which then requires a tool to properly remove. See more »


Joey Crown: Hey! Hey, mister!
Gabriel: What is it, Joey?
Joey Crown: I didn't get your name.
Gabriel: How's that?
Joey Crown: Your name! I didn't get your name!
Gabriel: My name? Call me Gabe.
Joey Crown: Gabe?
Gabriel: Gabe. Short for "Gabriel." Bye, Joey.
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References Moonfleet (1955) See more »

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A Second Chance
26 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Jack Klugman plays down on his luck musician Joey Crown, who is a recovering alcoholic now going broke because he can't find a job, forcing him to sell his beloved trumpet to a pawn dealer. Despondent, Joey impulsively steps in front of a moving truck, and seems to be killed, but a mysterious man named Gabriel(played by John Anderson) offers him a second chance at life, and away from his new shadow existence, if only he sees the error of his ways, and seizes the day... Superb performances by both Klugman and Anderson boost this otherwise familiar premise, making it both poignant and believable, and result is fondly remembered by fans.

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