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A TV writer conjures up the spirit of William Shakespeare to act as his co-writer but end up in a struggle with network heads over what makes "great TV."

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x18
Production Number: 4852
Airdate: Thursday May 23rd, 1963

Director: David Butler (2)
Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Howard McNearHoward McNear
As Bramhoff
Jack WestonJack Weston
As Julius Moomer
John McGiverJohn McGiver
As Shannon
Clegg HoytClegg Hoyt
As Bus Driver
John Williams (1)John Williams (1)
As William Shakespeare
Burt ReynoldsBurt Reynolds
As Rocky Rhodes
Henry LascoeHenry Lascoe
As Mr. Hugo
Doro MerandeDoro Merande
As Sadie
Marge RedmondMarge Redmond
As Secretary
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Julius Moomer needs a great script for his TV program. Using a book on black magic, he summons William Shakespeare to write his teleplay. The work is brilliant, and Moomer becomes an instant celebrity, which angers Shakespeare. While watching rehearsal of the script, William is shocked by changes that have been made and leaves. Moormer is asked write a two-and-half hour television show about history. He then uses the black magic book to summon up several characters from the past to assist him...

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Episode Notes
Judy Strangis is best known for such TV series as Electra-Woman and Dyna-Girl.

Howard McNear is best known as Floyd the barber on the Andy Griffth Show. He was also in "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby."

Jack Weston was also in "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street."

John McGiver is also in "Sounds and Silence."

In the role of Rocky Rhodes, Burt Reynolds parodies the mannerisms and acting style of Marlon Brando.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
You've just witnessed opportunity, if not knocking, at least scratching plaintively on a closed door. Mr. Julius Moomer, a would-be writer who, if talent came twenty-five cents a pound, would be worth less than car fare. But, in a moment, Mr. Moomer, through the offices of some black magic, is about to embark on a brand-new career. And although he may never get a writing credit on the Twilight Zone, he's to become an integral character in it.

William Shakespeare: Jeremy is supposed to be a lad of nineteen.
Rocky Rhodes: Yeah well, we changed all that. We decided that this guy should have some zazz, a guy with some moxie. This is a guy who's gotta know the score.
Rocky Rhodes: You ever hear of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?"
William Shakespeare: Cat....on And what perchance would that be?
Rocky Rhodes: That would be a play, Charlie. Jeez, it's gettin' so they let any uncultured, uncouth ham in here.

Closing Narration
Mr. Julius Moomer, a streetcar conductor with delusions of authorship. And if the tale just told seems a little tall, remember a thing called poetic license--and another thing called the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerHerbert Hirschman
MusicFred Steiner
Set DecoratorEdward M. Parker  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Edward C. Carfagno
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorJoe Edmondson  |  Franklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Film EditorEdward Curtiss
Assistant DirectorJohn D. Bloss
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
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