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The Twilight Zone: In Praise of Pip

Bookie Max Phillips learn that his son Pip, a soldier in Vietnam, has been critically wounded. Distraught over the upbringing of his son, Max offers God his own life for Pip's.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x1
Production Number: 2607
Airdate: Friday September 27th, 1963

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Jack KlugmanJack Klugman
As Max Phillips

Co-Guest Stars
Bill MumyBill Mumy
As Young Pip
Connie GilchristConnie Gilchrist
As Mrs. Feeny
Bobby DiamondBobby Diamond
As Pvt. Pip

Russell HortonRussell Horton
As George Reynold
Ross ElliottRoss Elliott
As Doctor
Kreg MartinKreg Martin
As Gunman
Gerald GordonGerald Gordon
As Lieutenant
Stuart NisbetStuart Nisbet
As Surgeon


In Vietnam, a comrade brings in fellow soldier Pvt. Pip Phillips, who has taken shrapnel to the chest and whose condition is critical...

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Episode Notes
Bill Mumy was also in "Long Distance Call" and "It's a Good Life". He may be best known for his role as Will Robinson in Lost in Space.

Jack Klugman was also in "A Passage for Trumpet," "A Game of Pool" and "Death Ship." He is best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple.

Russell Horton is also in "The Changing of the Guard."

Filming location: Pacific Ocean Park, Santa Monica

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Submitted for your approval, one Max Phillips, a slightly-the-worse-for-wear maker of book, whose life has been as drab and undistinguished as a bundle of dirty clothes. And, though it's very late in his day, he has an errant wish that the rest of his life might be sent out to a laundry to come back shiny and clean, this to be a gift of love to a son named Pip. Mr. Max Phillips, Homo sapiens, who is soon to discover that man is not as wise as he thinks--said lesson to be learned in the Twilight Zone.

Max:: That’s the way of the world, Georgy. The rich get richer and the long shots lose so what’s to do?

Max Phillips: Pip is dying. My kid is dying. In a place called South Vietnam. There isn't supposed to be a war going on there, but my son is dying. It's to laugh. I swear it's to laugh.

Closing Narration
Narrator: Very little comment here, save for this small aside: that the ties of flesh are deep and strong, that the capacity to love is a vital, rich and all-consuming function of the human animal, and that you can find nobility and sacrifice and love wherever you may seek it out; down the block, in the heart, or in the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRod Serling
EditorThomas Scott (2)
CastingPatricia Rose
MusicLud Gluskin  |  Rene Garriguenc
Set DecoratorRobert R. Benton  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Walter Holscher
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorCharles Bonniwell
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