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The Bard 

Julius Moomer, a talentless self-promoting hack who dreams of becoming a successful television writer, uses a book of magic to summon William Shakespeare to write dramatic teleplays that ... See full summary »

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David Butler

Writers:

Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Weston ... Julius Moomer
John McGiver ... Shannon
Doro Merande ... Sadie
John Williams ... William Shakespeare
Henry Lascoe ... Mr. Hugo
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Dolan
Howard McNear ... Bramhoff
Marge Redmond ... Secretary
Clegg Hoyt Clegg Hoyt ... Bus Driver
Judy Strangis ... Cora
Burt Reynolds ... Rocky Rhodes
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Julius Moomer, a talentless self-promoting hack who dreams of becoming a successful television writer, uses a book of magic to summon William Shakespeare to write dramatic teleplays that Moomer will pass off as his own. Shakespeare becomes irritated by Moomer's lack of appreciation and is even more appalled when he discovers the changes wrought on his plays by cynical television executives. Written by laird-3

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TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in June 1963. See more »

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As William Shakespeare, John Williams wears an obvious bald cap. See more »

Quotes

William Shakespeare: But she has the most definitive line of the play. In the epilogue, I took it from Twelfth Night.
[trumpets play during the following quote]
William Shakespeare: If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken and so die.
[Act 1, Scene 1 by Duke Orsino-not mentioned by Shakespeare]
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Featured in The Sopranos: Made in America (2007) See more »

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Jack Weston is Pretty Good but So Passe
17 April 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This was probably more accessible in the 1960's. Jack Weston plays an overbearing man who was once a streetcar conductor and who fancies himself a screenwriter. He has had numerous failed efforts to get the execs to look at his sad, trite imaginings for television series. He has all the lines that were appropriate for the job at the time, but he is an idiot. He talks his agent into allowing him to submit a script for a show based on black magic. Of course, he has no idea what to do. He goes to a bookstore to find a book on the subject, only to be met by its nutty proprietor who is obsessed with baseball. She thinks Weston is some former two-bit ballplayer. While he is talking, a book literally flies off the shelf, into his arms. He takes it home. It is full of spells. Because he has none of the materials called for, he is unable to get anything to work. He is taunted by the middle- school daughter of a woman in his apartment building. At some point, through no effort of his own, William Shakespeare shows up and offers his assistance. What happens is that Weston uses him in such a way to get things done his way. He is boorish and clumsy but using the bard's words, he manages to get hooked up with a commercial enterprise (a soup company CEO). He takes the plots that Shakespeare gives him and totally destroys them, using one of his ridiculous plots. Tension builds. There is a delightful cameo by a very young Burt Reynolds who is studying method acting. He has performed in two Tennessee Williams plays and is annoyed that Shakespeare has never heard of Stanislavsky or the aforementioned Williams. He pouts and prances and really annoys the great poet. This is played strictly for laughs and the Twilight Zone purists were probably annoyed. The episode is too long and often not terribly funny, but take it with a grain of salt.


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