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The Twilight Zone: Hocus-Pocus and Frisby

A man known for telling tall tales discovers that no one believes him after being kidnapped by aliens.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x30
Production Number: 4833
Airdate: Friday April 13th, 1962

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Guest Stars
Andy Devine (1)
As Somerset Frisby

Co-Guest Stars
Milton Selzer
As Alien #1
Howard McNear
As Mitchell
Dabbs Greer
As Scanlan
Clem Bevans
As Old Man / Pete

Peter Brocco
As Alien #3
Larry Breitman
As Alien #2
Main Cast
Rod Serling
As Narrator/Host


In the small town of Pitchville Flats, the locals are gathered at Frisby's General Store and the owner, Somerset Frisby, spends his time playing the harmonica (badly) and telling tall tales, much to the irritation of his customers. They're interrupted when a car pulls up outside. Frisby regales them with the tale of how he developed the rear-engine automobile. As he gets them gas, they agree that he's the one they're looking for, the man with all the degrees and inventions. Frisby boasts of predicting the weather and they say they'll be seeing him soon. After they leave, Frisby goes back inside his store and closes up. He hears a man suggest he walk down the road so he can have an adventure. Frisby can't find anyone and eventually agrees to come along as soon as he picks things up. The voice tells him not to bother and lifts him into the air and drops him down in front of a flying saucer...

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Episode Notes
Dabbs Greer was also in "Valley of the Shadow" and is best known as Rev. Alden on Little House on the Prairie.

Howard McNear was also in "The Bard" and is best known as Floyd the Barber on The Andy Griffith Show.

Milton Selzer is also in "The Masks."

Peter Brocco is also in "The Four of Us are Dying."

The flying saucer is the prop from Forbidden Planet (1956).

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
The reluctant gentleman with the sizable mouth is Mr. Frisby. He has all the drive of a broken camshaft and the aggressive vinegar of a corpse. As you've no doubt gathered, his big stock in trade is the tall tale. Now what he doesn't know is the visitors out front are a very special breed, destined to change his life beyond anything even his fertile mind could manufacture. This place is Pitchfield Flatts, the time is present. But Mr. Frisby's on the first leg of a fanciful journey into the place we call the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Mr. Somerset Frisby, who might have profited by reading an Aesop fable about a boy who cried wolf. Tonight's tall tale from the timberlands - of the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorBill Mosher
CastingRobert Walker, Jr.
MusicTommy Morgan (2)
Make-upWilliam Tuttle
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith  |  Keogh Gleason
Director of PhotographyJack Swain  |  George T. Clemens
Art DirectorMerrill Pye  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 3 episode 30 guide may contain spoilers
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