The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Passage for Trumpet 

A suicidally despondent trumpet player finds himself in a bizarre world where he seems to be the only moving being, except for one helpful other musician.




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Musician Joey Crown is down on his luck. An alcoholic, he can't find work because no one trusts him. Broke, he hocks his trumpet but then steps in front of truck which knocks him onto the sidewalk. He awakens in a strange world where no one can see him and he presumes that he has died. He eventually bumps into someone who can in fact see him, a fellow horn player who tells him that it's still within Joey's power to decide on life or death. Written by garykmcd

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20 May 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The Buch Houghton & Co. truck is a tribute to producer Buck Houghton. See more »


When Joey is playing, it is obvious that the fingerings don't match the tune, revealing that he isn't really playing at all. At one point, he even held a valve only halfway down, which would have resulted in a very flat/bad note. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Joey Crown, musician with an odd, intense face, whose life is a quest for impossible things like flowers in concrete or like trying to pluck a note of music out of the air and put it under glass to treasure.
Narrator: [continued narration subsequent to extensive character dialogue] Joey Crown, musician with an odd, intense face, who, in a moment, will try to leave the Earth and discover the middle ground - the place we call The Twilight Zone.
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References Fast Company (1953) See more »

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When Trumpets… Fail
17 July 2017 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Of the 32 "Twilight Zone" episodes I watched thus far, this is only the second one that really disappointed me. I guess I certainly can't complain about this ratio, especially because the other 30 vary from really good to downright genius. Also, the reasons why "A Passage for Trumpet" and "The Big Tall Wish" (the other letdown) didn't appeal to me are quite personal and very much related to my preferences in cinema. Both stories are overly melodramatic and talkative, don't feature any sardonic (supportive) characters and shove forced happy endings down your throat. Joey Crown is a down- on-his-luck trumpet player. Because to his uncontrollable alcoholism, and after facing another rejection to play at the club of his former friend, he decides to step out of life by throwing himself in front of a truck. When Joey awakens he learns that nobody can see or hear him, so he assumes that his suicide attempt was successful. But then Joey meets a fellow trumpet player who can interact with him, and he – Gabe, short for Gabriel – encourages him to return to the real world and see the beauty of it. This tale may very well have enchanting and hopeful messages (second chances in life, believing in yourself, have passion for what you do, etc…) as well as symbolism (Gabe the archangel?) to share, but these aren't exactly the aspects I'm looking for in The Twilight Zone. I like my Sci-Fi / Cult gems dark, desolate and depressing, otherwise I might just as well watch "Happy Days". Still, the masterfully intense and plausible performance of Jack Klugman certainly does deserve to be mentioned.

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