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The Twilight Zone: Sounds and Silences

A man who annoyingly enjoys loud noises suddenly finds pain in the slightest of sounds.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x27
Production Number: 2631
Airdate: Friday April 03rd, 1964

Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Rod Serling


  • Currently 5/10
5/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
John McGiver
As Roswell G. Flemington
Recurring
Michael Fox
As Psychiatrist
Recurring
Penny Singleton
As Mrs. Flemington
Renee Aubry (1)
As Secretary
Main Cast
Rod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Roswell Flemington loves all things loud. He plays his records of Naval battle sounds at high levels, shaking the walls of his home. He visits a psychiatrist who uses his willpower to make every sound to a squeak. When he returns home, he discovers every sound is now that way. He can feel the vibrations, see the pictures shake, but can't hear a peep. This drives him insane...

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Episode Notes
This episode was kept from syndication for many years after losing a lawsuit for $3500 claiming rights to the story and title.

John McGiver was also in "The Bard."

Michael Fox was also in "Nightmare as a Child" and "Mr. Dingle, the Strong."

Penny Singleton may best be known for her role as Blondie and as the voice of Jane Jetson.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: This is Roswell G. Flemington, two hundred and seventeen pounds of gristle, lung tissue and sound decibels. He is, as you have perceived, a noisy man, one of a breed who substitutes volume for substance, sound for significance, and shouting to cover up the readily apparent phenomenon that he is nothing more than an overweight and aging perennial Sea Scout whose noise-making is in inverse ratio to his competence and his character. But soon our would-be admiral of the fleet will embark on another voyage. This one is an uncharted and twisting stream that heads for a distant port called...the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator: When last heard from, Mr. Roswell G. Flemington was in a sanitarium pleading with the medical staff to make some noise. They, of course, believe the case to be a rather tragic aberration--a man's mind becoming unhinged. And for this they'll give him pills, therapy and rest. Little do they realize that all Mr. Flemington is suffering from is a case of poetic justice. Tonight's tale of sounds and silences from...the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerWilliam Froug
EditorRichard W. Farrell
CastingLarry Stewart
MusicRichard Shores
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Frank R. McKelvy (1)
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Eddie Imazu
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 5 episode 27 guide may contain spoilers
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