The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Static 

An old radio is taking bitter bachelor Ed Lindsay back to a happier time before what he considers worthless tripe on television when he starts picking up radio programs from the 1930's and 1940's.

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Buzz Kulik

Writers:

Charles Beaumont, Oceo Ritch (based on a story by) (as OCee Ritch) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Dean Jagger ... Ed Lindsay
Carmen Mathews ... Vinnie
Robert Emhardt ... Professor Ackerman
Arch Johnson ... Roscoe Bragg (as Arch W. Johnson)
Alice Pearce ... Mrs. Nielson
Clegg Hoyt Clegg Hoyt ... Shopkeeper
Stephen Talbot ... The Boy
Lillian O'Malley Lillian O'Malley ... Miss Meredith
Pat O'Malley ... Mr. Llewellyn
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Storyline

Ed Lindsay has been living in the same boarding house for over 20 years and he has become an embittered old man. He doesn't like how the world has changed around him and his crotchety behavior has made him certainly the most disliked man there. When he turns on his old radio however, he gets music from the 1940's on a station that, it turns out, has been off the air for 15 years. There's a reason he hears the music however, a reason a fellow boarder reminds him of. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was Bob Crane's first television appearance. See more »

Goofs

When Ed is changing the TV channel back to the cigarette ad, the picture changes a moment before he turns the knob. See more »

Quotes

[closing narration]
Narrator: Around and around she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows. All Ed Lindsay knows is that he desperately wanted a second chance, and he finally got it - through a strange and wonderful time machine called a radio - in The Twilight Zone.
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Connections

Referenced in The Pinball Arcade (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Brown Jug
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph Winner
Performed by Jerry Fuller
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An unusual radio
7 December 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I remember my grandparents had one of those big console radios in their living room during the 50s when I was a little kid that is the object of this Twilight Zone story. It would be worth a fortune on today's market providing you could find parts to make it work. I remember it wasn't until the middle 50s that they got television.

The radio age in the USA was from the end of World War I until the end of World War II and it was an age of imagination because you heard the words and visualized the people all in your mind. It was an age that Dean Jagger grew up in and apparently let some chances pass him by back in the day.

So one is at the boardinghouse he stays in now and when others use it all they get is static. But when he uses it he gets things like Major Bowes Amateur Hour and a broadcast of Tommy Dorsey playing his theme I'm Getting Sentimental Over You. As there is a spinster woman played by Carmen Matthews also at the boardinghouse whom he might have married Jagger truly is getting sentimental.

This was a really fine Twilight Zone episode where only in a place like the Twilight Zone do you get a do over in life.


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