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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by uriah1, Jul 4, 2013.
"That's real fine that you did that, Anthony."
Twilight Zone came onto TV a few years after Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which was very similar, with less science-fiction component.
They were also excellent 22 minute teleplays, small casts, very focused acting, good writing all around.
I just requested Season 1, Disk 1 from the library. Time for a marathon.
Willoughby, next stop Willoughby
I like the one where the guy is confined to the asteroid with the lovely robot..
It's a cookbook!
Yeah that's the one I was gonna say. A Stop At Willoughby.
AND...IIRC...Many of the episodes were written by an uncredited, blacklisted Ray Bradbury.
To Serve Man
Time Enough At Last
The Obsolete Man
Third From The Sun
Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?
It's a Good Life
Valley of the Shadow
Thank you sir. I scanned this whole thread just to see if someone would mention that silly little doll!!!!
Most of them are great, so it’s impossible to chose just one...I just watched, “He’s Alive”, Season 4/Episode 4.
A power-hungry American N*zi (Dennis Hopper) receives advice from a mysterious benefactor.
You're a bad man.
I'm gonna wish you into the cornfield.
I like the one where a real bitter, negative man meets co-workers at a bar. He's complaining about not getting a promotion. He's white, and I seemed to remember it was a black man who was promoted and he might have even said the 'n' word when complaining about it.
I think he gets kicked out of the bar, and when he's thrown out, he's in n a z i Germany. From there things don't go well.
Yeah that was “The Hunt” my favorite episode and made me always have a dog around for protection in the afterlife
I like the nostalgic ones a lot:
A Stop at Willoughby (my all-time fave)
Rod Serling--Binghamton, NY's favorite son!--had a great talent for that sense of loss and yearning for a seemingly better, simpler past. Little did he know that....
I also like smudged-up Elizabeth Montgomery and post-apocalypse parables a lot:
And haunted Inger Stevens and her '59 Mercury a lot:
Actually, it's too bad Ford/Mercury were among the sponsors, as their late-50s/early-60s cars were pretty boring compared to the era's MoPars and GMs. But you do see some other great old cars, as in the one with Buster Keaton:
Once Upon a Time
The very first episode--Where Is Everybody?--is powerfully done.
The Civil War one--The Passersby--is pretty poignant.
And if you like '50s-TV dramas generally, check out two great ones:
Patterns, written by Rod Serling (made into a very good movie in '56, as well; our friend Elizabeth Montgomery in a bit part)
(The Kraft Television Theatre version)
Better print of it here, but without the wonderfully goopy Kraft Food commercials!
Another great one by Serling is Requiem for a Heavyweight. Here's the '56 Playhouse 90 version:
Made into a brilliantly grungy movie (for-pay on YouTube) in '62.
P.S. For fans of the Billy Mumy/boy who can read and thus control minds one (It's a Good Life):
Thanks for mentioning Rod Serling’s, Requim for a Heavyweight...most people identify the title with the excellent movie, but it’s the original, that I prefer. Jack Palance & Ed Wynn are incredible, as it was performed, live on tv, much like the stage.
Yes! "Time Enough At Last" This is the one that I was going to say. Played by Burgess Meredith.
Yesterday, I watched a few vintage, Twilight Zone episodes; Season 4’s “Miniature”, staring Robert Duval & “Printer’s Devil, with Burgess Meredith...guess who BM played? Burgess said during his episodic interview, his preference for the scripts faustian factor, to his other memorable, TZ turn in, "Time Enough at Last", as a henpecked bookworm.
Surely, a spectacle to behold!
Haha, yep..."It's a Good Life". Into the cornfield!
What being temporarily banned from TDPRI feels like.