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SUNDAY CINEMA: “The Obsolete Man,” a Must-See Twilight Zone Episode

I thought I had seen all the episodes of The Twilight Zone. My Tivo proved me wrong.

It recorded the 1961 episode titled “The Obsolete Man,” a fantastic story about an Orwellian future and the one man who dared stand against it. It’s low-key, being largely dialogue-driven, but it’s nonetheless captivating thanks to a marvelous script written by Rod Serling himself. Excellent performance are given by Burgess Meredith (he of another excellent episode, “Time Enough at Last”) as Romney Wordsworth and Fritz Weaver as The Chancellor.

Great stuff. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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Tuesday Tune: Batmania! Featuring Adam West, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin and…Jan & Dean

Inspired by Poe TV‘s wonderful find of Burgess Meredith singing his way into cheesedom in character as the Penguin from the 1960 Batman television series…I learned that it was but a single track from the album Batmania: Songs Inspired By The Batman TV Series, which features other entries by the Riddler and Batman himself, Adam West.

Not being one to shy away from the painful (see previous posts on The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins and Paul Williams on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show singling in His Planet of the Apes costume) I ventured forth to seek out the other songs on this album…which is now the first thing on my wish list.

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