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The Twilight Zone
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0078  Friday, 14 January 2005

[1]     From:   Dan Decker <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Jan 2005 14:47:01 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0068 The Twilight Zone

[2]     From:   Ira Zinman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Jan 2005 11:35:20 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0068 The Twilight Zone


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From:           Dan Decker <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Jan 2005 14:47:01 EST
Subject: 16.0068 The Twilight Zone
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0068 The Twilight Zone

This is from the release notes on Twilight Zone's "The Bard":

"Aspiring writer Julius Moomer (Jack Weston) has loads of enthusiasm but
not one bit of talent. Eager to be rid of him, agent Gerald Hugo (Henry
Lascoe) promises to submit Julius' script for a black magic pilot if
Julius can get it to him by Monday. Julius immerses himself in research
on the black arts-inadvertently invoking a spell that summons up William
Shakespeare (John Williams). Not one to miss this golden opportunity,
Moomer enlists Shakespeare as a ghost writer. The Bard quickly turns out
a TV script entitled "The Tragic Cycle"-a script of such brilliance that
Moomer is a celebrity even before the show is aired. Sheakespeare is
enraged that Moomer takes the credit for his script and determines to
set things right. But he finds himself ill-prepared for ths descent into
"TV Land," with its legions of boorish ad men, lowbrow sponsers and
method actors.

   ""The Bard," Serling's biting satire on the absurdities of the TV
business, gave him a delicious opportunity to fire his own slings and
arrows against those meddlers who derailed so many of his fine scripts
over the previous decade. This is an insider's view, and, as such, it is
informed, specific and very funny. Jack Weston (The Four Seasons) makes
for a goofy, loutish scribe-the very opposite of Serling-and John
Williams (Dial M for Murder) proves a "veddy" British Shakespeare.

   "Most surprising is a wonderful turn by Burt Reynolds as Rocky
Rhodes, a method actor who is clearly a parody of Marlon Brando. "I'm
not sure that we started off with the idea of imitating Marlon Brando,"
explains producer Herbert Hirschman, "but he came in and looked and
sounded so much like him that, in our minds, it was a takeoff on Brando."

   "As much as "The Bard" Deals with the difficulities of getting a TV
show made, only one problem arose during production. "We had a scene in
a bus, and we actually shot this in a bus driving through Culver City,"
says George Clemems. "We had trouble with the cops on it. Evidently,
somebody hadn't been paid off, and they wanted to stop us from shooting.
We went on and shot it anyhow, and let them fight it our with the studio
afterwards."

Originally Aired: May 23, 1963.

Producer: Herbert Hirschman

Director: David Butler.

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From:           Ira Zinman <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Jan 2005 11:35:20 EST
Subject: 16.0068 The Twilight Zone
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0068 The Twilight Zone

Here is a site to check on Twilight Zone episodes:
http://www.angelfire.com/fl/twilightzonelist/

You may find cast members and Themes of Shows there.  You won't find
William Shakespeare in the cast, of course,....Alas, he was after all
better known as a writer

Regards
Ira

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