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The Twilight Zone
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0061  Wednesday, 12 January 2005

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 16:08:15 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0049 The Twilight Zone

[2]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 22:08:48 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0049 The Twilight Zone

[3]     From:   John Reed <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Jan 2005 05:59:06 +0000
        Subj:   Re: The Twilight Zone

[4]     From:   Al Magary <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Jan 2005 02:13:39 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0049 The Twilight Zone


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 16:08:15 -0500
Subject: 16.0049 The Twilight Zone
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0049 The Twilight Zone

Yes, there is such an episode. It is available on DVD. Doug Lanier
discusses it in his book, Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture.

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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Jan 2005 22:08:48 -0500
Subject: 16.0049 The Twilight Zone
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0049 The Twilight Zone

"The Bard" first aired May 23, 1963, the last episode of the fourth
season, in which, unlike all the other seasons, the episodes ran 60 minutes.

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From:           John Reed <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Jan 2005 05:59:06 +0000
Subject:        Re: The Twilight Zone

Episodes: "The Bard" (Episode 120, May 23, 1963, 50 min.) - Jack Weston
is an untalented would-be TV writer whose career takes off when the
ghost of William Shakespeare writes his script. Shakespeare is appalled
by the sponsor's changes, including the casting of a Marlon Brando-type
actor (Burt Reynolds) to play the lead.

I saw this once, probably about 20 years ago; don't remember it too
well.  For some reason I couldn't believe it really was Shakespeare (and
I never suspend disbelief).  Shakespeare came across as supercilious, if
not pompous.  Much of the action took place in either a hotel room, or
the writer's apartment in a city.

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From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Jan 2005 02:13:39 -0800
Subject: 16.0049 The Twilight Zone
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0049 The Twilight Zone

Whitt Brantley asked whether W.S. had appeared in an episode of Twilight
Zone, TV or radio, and Google has answered:

--Vol. 2 of the CDs of the radio show includes:  "'The Bard' Starring
John Ratzenberger & Stacy Keach.  Jack Weston is an untalented would-be
TV writer whose career takes off when the ghost of William Shakespeare
writes his scripts for him."
http://www.twilightzoneradio.com/product%20pages/5001.html

--Vol. 42  of the DVD of the TV show for the 1962-63 season (the year
with one-hour shows, though still b&w and monaural) includes, says
Amazon:  "'The Bard' (Episode 120, May 23, 1963, 50 min.) - Jack Weston
is an untalented would-be TV writer whose career takes off when the
ghost of William Shakespeare writes his script. Shakespeare is appalled
by the sponsor's changes, including the casting of a Marlon Brando-type
actor (Burt Reynolds) to play the lead."  Note that Barnes & Noble calls
this Collection 5, with side 6 being Vol. 42.

TV Tome describes the episode:  "Julius Moomer uses a black magic book
to summon Shakespeare, who then writes a brilliant teleplay for TV.
Moomer becomes a celebrity which angers Shakespeare. He watches a
rehearsal of his script and is shocked by the changes made and leaves.
Moomer is enlisted to write a two-and-half-hour television show on
history. He thinks he's lost, until he remembers the black magic book,
and enlists the aid of several characters from the past."
http://www.tvtome.com/TwilightZone/season4.html

It's all magic, this Internet thing; every man his own wizard.

Cheers,
Al Magary

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