- The Bard (The Twilight Zone)
Infobox Television episode
Title = The Bard
Series = The Twilight Zone
Caption = Scene from "The Bard"
Season = 4
Episode = 120
May 23, 1963
Director = David Butler
Jack Weston: Julius Moomer
John Williams : William Shakespeare
Burt Reynolds: Rocky Rhodes
Henry Lascoe: Gerald Hugo
Episode list =
List of Twilight Zone episodes
Passage on the Lady Anne
In Praise of Pip
"The Bard"is an episode of the
American televisionanthology series "The Twilight Zone".
A bumbling screenwriter, Julius Moomer, is in desperate need of brilliant scripts, so he conjures up the spirit of
William Shakespeareby use of black magic. Shakespeare produces a riveting screenplay for the writer, but is horrified at all the revisions laid on by the sponsor, the sponsor's wife and the leading man. Eventually, the poet becomes so cross that he punches the leading man and then storms out for good. Moomer's next assignment, a TV special on American history, seems doomed to failure until he remembers his book on black magic and uses it to conjure up a new writing staff.
*An excerpt from Hal Erikson's article “Censorship: Another Dimension Behind the Twilight Zone”, published in the October 1985 edition of "
The Twilight Zone Magazine":
*In the book "The Twilight Zone Companion" Serling is quoted as saying that things were so bad with the overcautious ad executives that "one could not ford a river if
Chevywas the sponsor."
*Moomer's later staff mainly comprises a who's who of celebrities rather than writers.
*A scene from this episode was featured on the series finale of the
HBOoriginal series " The Sopranos".
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series)
*Zicree, Marc Scott: "The Twilight Zone Companion". Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition)
*DeVoe, Bill. (2008). "Trivia from The Twilight Zone". Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1593931360
*Grams, Martin. (2008). "The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic". Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0970331090
*imdb title|id=0734630|title=The Bard
* [http://www.tv.com/the-twilight-zone/the-bard/episode/12705/summary.html TV.com episode page]
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