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The Twilight Zone: A Kind of a Stopwatch

A stopwatch with the ability to halt all movement in the world falls into the hands of an insufferable bore.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x4
Production Number: 2609
Airdate: Friday October 18th, 1963



  • Currently 7/10
7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Ken Drake
As Man
Recurring
Dick Wessel
As Charlie
Doris Singleton
As Secretary
Herbie Faye
As Joe the Bartender
Leon Belasco
As Potts
Ray Kellogg
As Attendant
Richard Erdman
As McNulty
Roy Roberts
As Mr. Cooper
Sam Balter
As TV Announcer
Main Cast
Rod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Patrick McNulty has to be the worlds biggest bore. He annoys everyone he comes in contact with. He continuously spills out meaningless facts during his long, tedious conversations. While visiting a bar he meets a man named Potts. Potts gives him a stopwatch that has the ability to freeze time. He tries out his watch and uses it to rob a bank. During the easy caper he drops the watch, forever freeing everyone in time. ..

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Episode Notes
This episode is mentioned during the opening conversation in Twilight Zone -The Movie by Dan Ackroyd and Albert Brooks.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration:
Narrator: Submitted for your approval or at least your analysis: one Patrick Thomas McNulty, who at age forty-one is the biggest bore on Earth. He holds a ten-year record for the most meaningless words spewed out during a coffee break. And it's very likely that, as of this moment, he would have gone through life in precisely this manner, a dull, argumentative bigmouth who sets back the art of conversation a thousand years. I say he very likely would have, except for something that will soon happen to him, something that will considerably alter his existence--and ours. Now you think about that now, because this is the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration:
Narrator: Mr. Patrick Thomas McNulty, who had a gift of time. He used it and he misused it, now he's just been handed the bill. Tonight's tale of motion and McNulty--in the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
EditorRichard V. Heermance
CastingPatricia Rose
MusicVan Cleave
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Robert R. Benton
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorWalter Holscher  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorCharles Bonniwell
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 5 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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