The Twilight Zone

Sounds and Silences

Season 5, Ep 27, Aired 4/3/64
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  • Episode Description
  • A man's wish to listen to loud noise backfires.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rod Serling


  • Richard Donner

  • Ralph W. Nelson

  • William Froug

  • George T. Clemens

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Over the top but enjoyable, with a fabulous performance by famed character actor, John McGiver.

    By TVTimmy, Jul 25, 2011

  • Navy nutjob loses his mind and his ability to hear sound while driving everyone else nuts with his sound.

    By marvelfan89, Aug 25, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Closing Narration
      Narrator: "When last heard from, Mr. Roswell G. Flemington was in a sanitarium pleading with the medical staff to make some noise. They, of course, believe the case to be a rather tragic aberration--a man's mind becoming unhinged. And for this they'll give him pills, therapy and rest. Little do they realize that all Mr. Flemington is suffering from is a case of poetic justice. Tonight's tale of sounds and silences from...the Twilight Zone."

    • Opening Narration
      Narrator: "This is Roswell G. Flemington, two hundred and seventeen pounds of gristle, lung tissue and sound decibels. He is, as you have perceived, a noisy man, one of a breed who substitutes volume for substance, sound for significance, and shouting to cover up the readily apparent phenomenom that he is nothing more than an overweight and aging perennial Sea Scout whose noise-making is in inverse ratio to his competence and his character. But soon our would-be admiral of the fleet will embark on another voyage. This one is an uncharted and twisting stream that heads for a distant port called...the Twilight Zone."

    Notes (2)

    • Included on volume 30 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.

    • Soon after this episode aired, a writer filed suit against Serling and company, claiming they stole his idea and script title. The suit was eventually settled, and the writer was paid $3500, but because litigation was ongoing at the time Twilight Zone was originally put into syndication, this episode was not included in the package and was unseen for many years.

    Trivia (1)

    • As with the episode "Miniature," this episode was originally not included in the syndication package for the series. According to the first printing of Marc Scott Zicree's book "The Twilight Zone Companion" (@1982), a script with a similar title and premise had been submitted to Rod Serling years earlier and he had forgotten about it. A suit was brought by the writer and, thus, the episode was not put into syndication. Eventually, the writer was paid $3,500 for the oversight. The episode has since been put back into rotation.

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