The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Last Night of a Jockey 

A washed-up jockey gets his wish while waiting for the results of his race fixing hearing.


Joseph M. Newman


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Grady


Grady is a champion jockey who has recently been banned from the sport owing to his participation in race fixing and the drugging of horses. He claims he is innocent and currently has an appeal with the racing commission but his agent isn't hopeful. Suddenly, Grady begins hearing a voice - his own as it turns out, speaking to him from his own mind. As Grady rages over the unfairness of it all, he is granted his one true wish. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

25 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 Daily Bulletin Sports prop newspaper bearing the headline "Jockey Banned from All U.S. Tracks" was later reused in The Twilight Zone: Ring-A-Ding Girl (1963). See more »


When Grady first tosses the bottle to the floor, we hear it break. Moments later it is shown on the floor intact. See more »


[first lines]
Grady: [answers the phone] Yeah. This is Grady. Who? What paper? Oh yeah, yeah. Yeah, so you're the creep that... I said creep! Yeah, I know who you are! I know who you are! Sure, I read your column. Every time I read it, it makes me sick, I wanna use a stomach pump. Don't try and nuzzle up to me with that Mr. Grady stuff. Three years ago you stuck in the shiv! Listen to me, I had nothing to do with horse doping. NOTHING, you understand that?
[conversation continues]
Grady: Ah, oh sure, a couple ...
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Part of the sports-themed/broken men line of episodes
28 June 2008 | by jcravens42See all my reviews

You could make a special showing of just the Twilight Zones that were about broken men with ruinous desires (maybe someone has?), and you would have quite a depressing evening of episodes, including this one. Or maybe an evening of the shows with a sports-related theme? That would also include this one and also be depressing... anyway, what stands out about this episode is the knockout performance by Mickey Rooney, who flawlessly plays two characters, and his conversations with himself are the perfect mix of mocking and creepiness. You will see the O. Henry-esquire ending coming a mile a way, but even so, it's well worth your time to watch. It would be so great to read what reviewers said about this episode and Rooney's performance back in the day. Sadly, the audio commentary by Rooney on the DVD Special Edition is not so great - he doesn't really provide any insight into this episode nor into Serling. He also dismisses the idea that there are so many modern fans of the show among young people.

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