The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Silence 

Annoyed by a club member's constant chatter, a man bets him he cannot remain silent for a year, living in a glass enclosure in the club basement.



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Jamie Tennyson is an overly talkative member of a private men's club. He is challenged by fellow member Col. Archie Taylor to keep his mouth shut for one year. Should he do so, he would win $500,000. Taylor dislikes Tennyson and if nothing else, finds this a way to get a bit of peace and quiet at the club. Tennyson will live in a room in the club, under observation and will communicate in writing only. As the months go by, Taylor begins to worry that Tennyson may just succeed. He can't believe Tennyson's will but neither party proves to be completely honorable. Written by garykmcd

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28 April 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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If adjusted for inflation, the $500,000 bet would be worth just over $4,000,000 in 2016. See more »


Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] The aftermath from a year-long war of nerves which just ended with two losers. In one corner, Colonel Archie Taylor, who wanted nothing more nor less than peace and quiet at his club. This he wanted in the worst way. This he *got* in the worst way. This is now all he has left. In the other corner, Mr. Jamie Tennyson, who discovered belatedly - and quite the hard way - that gambling can be a most unproductive pursuit... even with loaded dice, marked cards, or - as in his case ...
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Referenced in Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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Twist at the end is essential, so I wont say a word.
27 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

You have to watch this one before you know the twist at the end because that is mostly what this story is about. There's a bit of class prejudice and a questioning of what a man is behind his proud public exterior.

Most of the interest is quite simply in who's going to win the bet? A wager between two men in an exclusive club. The bet is that a very talkative man, Taylor (Franchot Tone) cannot keep silent for a year. His opponent, Tennyson is a fairly nasty sort, who resorts to taunting the hushed man with rumours of his wife being seen with young men while he's living in a glass partition in the club.

Interesting enough, but there's nothing truly TZ about this one. It could have been an episode in a very different anthology series, much like 'The Jeopardy Room' (series five) could have been. Just a decent piece of TV story telling.

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