The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 32

A Passage for Trumpet

Aired Unknown May 20, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A trumpet player who's convinced he'll never amount to anything attempts suicide and finds himself in a world where no one can hear or see him.

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  • Elegant

    This is an elegant, beautiful story, well written, well acted, life-affirming.
  • Any musician, especially any jazzer, will automatically identify with Joey Crown and what he feels and thinks. A definite 10 nails it!! I loved this episode as a kid in 1960 and I still love it today. Serling is the real monster of the Twilight Zone.moreless

    As a trumpet player I can't help but wonder how Rod Serling can get inside the psyche of so many great stories and in his own unique way get all those feelings and ideas across. He is just amazing. If you have seen this episode then no need to review it-for me it just stands out as a great little vignette made even more accessible if you play an instrument and especially if you are a jazz trumpet player.

    How many times have you wanted to give up and toss that horn in the river? How many times have you wanted a cute girl to save the day?moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Joey is hit by the truck, the camera cuts to a closeup of a woman screaming. However, when the camera instantly cuts back to a longer shot, the woman's mouth closed and she's barely reacting. The sound of the scream continues despite that.

    • Joey looks in a mirror and sees that he has no reflection. Moments later, his reflection can be clearly seen on a glass part of a movie ticket booth.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Joey Crown, musician with an odd, intense face, whose life is a quest for impossible things like flowers in concrete or like trying to pluck a note of music out of the air and put it under glass to treasure... Joey Crown, musician with and odd, intense face, who in a moment will try to leave the Earth and discover the middle ground, the place we call the Twilight Zone.

    • Joey: Because I'm sad. Because I'm nothing. Because I'll live and die in a crummy one-roomer with dirty walls and cracked pipes. I'll never even have a girl. I'll never be anybody. Half of me is this horn. I can't even talk to people, Baron, cause this horn, that's half my language. But when I'm drunk, Baron … oh when I'm drunk, boy, I don't see the dirty walls or the cracked pipes. I don't know the clock's going, that the hours are going by, cause then I'm Gabriel. Oh, I'm--I'm Gabriel with a golden horn, and when I put it to my lips, it comes out jewels, comes out a symphony, comes out the smell of fresh flowers in summer, comes out beautiful. Beauty. When I'm drunk, Baron. Only when I'm drunk.

    • Pawnshop Owner: Don't worry, I ain't getting that price so fast. I got an overhead too, you know. Guys like you, you don't understand that. What kind of responsibilities somebody like you got, huh? Nothin', nothin' at all!
      Joey: Yeah, nothin'! Nothin' at all. No responsibilities. No nothin'.

    • Gabe: Right now you're in a kind of a limbo, Joey. You're neither here nor there. You're in the middle, between the two. The real and the shadow. Which do you prefer, Joey?
      Joey: Which do I prefer? You know something? I always felt I was getting dealt from the bottom, or maybe, or maybe I just forgot how much there was for me. And maybe I forgot about the music that I could make on this horn and how nice it sounded. And going into Charlie's and talking to people. And maybe going to a movie now and then, huh. You know, I never won a beauty contest, but, you know, I had friends. I mean, I had good ones. Good ones! Yeah, somewhere along the line I just forgot all the good things. That's what happened, you know. I just forgot.

    • Gabe: All right, you go back. But, Joey, no more stepping off curbs. You take what you get and you live with it. Sometimes it's sweet frosting, nice gravy. Sometimes it's sour, it goes down hard, but you live with it, Joey. Ah, it's a nice talent you got. To make music, to move people, make them wanna laugh, make them wanna cry, make 'em tap their feet, make 'em wanna dance. That's an exceptional talent, Joey. Don't waste it. See you around, Joey.

    • Joey: Hey! Hey, mister!
      Gabe: What is it, Joey?
      Joey: I didn't get your name.
      Gabe: How's that?
      Joey: Your name! I didn't get your name!
      Gabe: My name? Call me Gabe.
      Joey: Gabe?
      Gabe: Gabe. Short for Gabriel. Bye, Joey.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Joey Crown, who makes music, and who discovered something about life; that it can be rich and rewarding and full of beauty, just like the music he played, if a person would only pause to look and to listen. Joey Crown, who got his clue in the Twilight Zone.

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