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Remembering Rod Serling

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Steve, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Steve

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    The SyFy promo mentions these "nobodies": Robert Redford, William Shatner, Burt Reynolds, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Carol Burnett, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Peter Falk and Bill Mumy.

    Wikipedia adds Ron Howard, Mariette Hartley and Shelley Fabares to the list of previously unknown actors.
     
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    Dick York, Jack Klugman, Inger Stevens, Roddy McDowell...
     
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    The episode "Two" featured two unknowns. Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery.
     
  4. Steve

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    Interesting that Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York and Agnes Moorehead were all TZ alums. :)
     
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    Unknown Ross Martin co-starred with Jack Klugman in "Death Ship" (1963)

    Patric Macnee, "Judgement Night" (1959)
     
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    Add David White (Darrin's boss) to that list.
     
  7. Steve

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    Larry! :lol:
     
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    -Larry Tate, in nearly every episode.
     
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    I lived for thirty some years in towns near Binghamton, New York, where Serling attended high school. The Rod Serling School of Fine Arts is part of Binghamton High School (his Alma Mater), and the school sponsors an annual Rod Serling festival.
     
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    William Froug, a producer of The Twilight Zone, was later a producer of Bewitched.

    My favorite episodes are mostly the ones starring Burgess Meridith or Jack Klugman.

    -- Roger
     
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    I started a thread here a long while back about 'unknowns' in some of these early shows that went on to be big names.

    I've gotten to where I hate anything with Shatner in it and refuse to watch it, no matter what it is.

    Meredith seemed to excel in the meek, bookworm lost in the world type of role at least until he was The Penguin in Batman.

    Surprised no one has mentioned the infamous Billy Mummy episode.

    I preferred the episodes that had a bit of a comedic twist like the diner with the aliens conducting experiments.
     
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    Which Billy Mimmy episode? He did three.
     
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    Who is Billy Mimmy ? :p


    I don't know any of the episode names, but the one about the cornfield.
     
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    That would be "It's a Good Life". His other two were "In Praise of Pip" and "Long Distance Call".
     
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    Mumy's probably best known as "Will Robinson", in Lost in Space.
     
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    I was traveling through Ohio last month and we went through Willoughby, Ohio.

    First thing I thought of was the Twilight Zone and one of my favorite episodes "A Stop at Willoughby".

    My colleague that I was with, who lives about 5 minutes from Willoughby had never heard of the episode. :(
     
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    Lost in Space was a TV show that ran on CBS from 1965-1968
     
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    Cheapest ep ever was the one with the third eye Venusian with the eye behind the point of his cap. If I remember, the entire ep was these 3 guys talking in a diner. Which results in the Venusians destroying the Martians in a battle for Earth--all off-camera off-course. They probably paid the unknown actors scale, one cheap set, no SFX. Just talk. And the cost of the eye prosthetic.

    I was pleased when The Outer Limits came along and always included what they called "the bear" every ep--meaning a cool monster. TZ could get awfully talky and non-sci-fi for my taste. Like the ep with the Devil's head fortune teller thing in the diner. Major yawns.

    The Mickey Rooney/giant ep ("Last Night of a Jockey") was kind of cool, tho...

    "Meet Grady. A little man with...big dreams."
     
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    IIRC, the 3-4 Klugman episodes were similar in tone to Rooney's.

    I actually enjoyed that Diner episode. Great twist at the end, IMHO.
     

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