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?


With exactly one performer appearing--either in image or voice, not counting Rod Serling's routine turn as host--this episode features the smallest cast of any in The Twilight Zone (1959). Close runner-ups include The Twilight Zone: Where Is Everybody? (1959), The Twilight Zone: King Nine Will Not Return (1960), The Twilight Zone: Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room (1960), The Twilight Zone: The Invaders (1961) and The Twilight Zone: Two (1961). 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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Dull reworking of 'Nervous Man In A Four Dollar Room'.
13 January 2014 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

I have a request to make. Would you please watch 'Nervous Man In A Four Dollar Room' (season two) before seeing this, a much inferior and obvious reworking of the same scenario? That is to say, if you must watch this one at all. The ending here is truly lame and this episode is best taken as the flip side of 'Nervous Man'.

Mickey Rooney provided a DVD commentary for this episode and surprisingly said he thought this episode was best. Admittedly there are some nice touches where the jockey Grady sees his alter ego in different places in the room (the whole story takes place in one room). Rooney makes a good effort but his performance suffers from being completely solo. In 'Nervous Man' Joe Mantell isn't quite always alone. I love 'The Twilight Zone' and I don't normally find it too preachy like some say. However, in this case it is dark ,dull, and preachy.

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