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Сумеречная Зона Sounds and Silences (1959–1964) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Fantasy / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Original Title: Sounds and Silences
Director: Richard Donner
Writers: Rod Serling,Rod Serling
Released: 1959–1964
Duration: 25min
Video type: TV Episode
Rosswell G. Flemington owns a model ship company and loves everything nautical. That's not his problem however: he likes everything to be loud. He speaks at the top of his lungs, bellowing commands to his staff. He plays his phonograph records - his favorites include the sound of jets flying off the deck of the USS Hornet - as loud as possible, something that leads his wife to leave him. He's not prepared for what happens to him in the Twilight Zone however.
Episode complete credited cast:
John McGiver John McGiver - Roswell G. Flemington
Michael Fox Michael Fox - Psychiatrist
Renee Aubry Renee Aubry - Ms. Abernathy
William 'Billy' Benedict William 'Billy' Benedict - Conklin (as William Benedict)
Penny Singleton Penny Singleton - Mrs. Flemington


Reviews: [12]

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    Fordrelis

    I don't recall ever seeing John McGiver in a boorish role before, but Rod Serling's script here makes his character out to be a complete jerk. As the president of the Model Ship Company bearing his name, Roswell G. Flemington holds fast the company motto - 'Full Speed Ahead for Fun and Profits'. To say that he's a royal pain to all of his staff would be an understatement, although I was taken aback when one of his employees fantasized about a Kamikaze pilot taking him out during the War. That might have been taking things a bit far.

    In typical Twilight Zone fashion, this episode takes it's main character and pivots him from one extreme to the other. With an exaggeratedly keen sense of hearing, old Roswell finds irritation in even the simplest sounds. With the help of a shrink, he discovers that mind over matter may provide the cure, but it's at that point that things really come unglued. I have to admit, I got a kick out of that first faucet drip ricochet. But I had to wonder though, just how loud would that silent record have to be to shake the bookcase and sway the fixtures on the walls of his office?

    For a 1960's period piece, it was cool to see once again a dial telephone and a non-digital record player, but I know that soon enough, younger viewers won't even be able to recognize those things. Cool also to see Penny Singleton in a role a couple of decades removed from her 'Blondie' days. And how about one of the old Bowery Boys himself showing up - Billy Benedict as Roswell's man Conklin. What I couldn't figure out was what happened to Benedict's snow white hair as he got older - aging in reverse?

    Well even if this isn't one of your more noteworthy TZ episodes, you can still have some fun with it. Roswell's a great character study in how NOT to behave as a husband and business executive, and if that's your only takeaway, it would be a valuable lesson - in a manner of speaking.
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    Gavinrage

    John McGiver stars as Roswell G. Flemington, owner of a model ship company and lover of everything nautical, who also loves everything loud, and will play records of battles and booming cannons without regard to others. This drives his wife to leave him, and he seeks psychiatric help(his mother hated all kind of noise it seems, driving him to the other extreme) and decides to tune out all things he doesn't want to hear, but this backfires in unexpected ways... Unpopular episode that I nonetheless enjoy because McGiver is perfectly cast as the bombastic man, and in fact there is much uproarious humor to be found with his extreme behavior and destructive actions. Not much point exactly, but entertaining and under-appreciated.

    An acquired taste it seems...
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    Morlunn

    When viewers watch the Twilight Zone, they usually look for a great story and drama. This one is a full-blown comedy that Rod Serling wrote. It took me a few viewings to really enjoy this one, and I do!

    Watching a person get what they deserve is a common theme in the Twilight Zone world, and Roscoe gets his. Basically the episode's highlights are the sound effects, from roaring battles to water dripping.

    The visual treats, like the vigorous shaking of objects due to the booming sound, are wonderfully funny.

    Roscoe is ridiculed by his employees and his wife. His priorities are his military recordings and his business, and his wife is not one of them.

    I have notated the IMDb ratings for Twilight Zone a couple times and both times Sounds and Silences finished second to the bottom in fan favorites. Oh well. I don't see how someone would like episodes like Black Leather Jackets over this one. But if you have a decent sense of humor, check this episode out!
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    Mojind

    The premise of this episode--obnoxious person gets a special, custom-built comeuppance--had been done time and again on The Twilight Zone, so as the series began to wind down I can imagine Mr. Serling thinking, "Well, it worked before, let's try it again." John McGiver is fun in a one-note way, as were his wife, the psychiatrist and the guy with the squeaky shoes. The dialog has some nice flourishes, set decoration is first-rate, and the episode was handsomely shot and moves briskly, but it's for completists only. My overall impression is a feeling that Mr. Serling was awakened one night by a neighbor's loud party and thought, "I'll get even with those jerks--in the Twilight Zone."
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    Nilabor

    John McGiver (who looks for all the world like Mr. Weatherby from the Archie comics) plays a loud and bombastic jerk who loves to yell and bother everyone, as he's a self-important guy. Eventually, though, his yelling is punished in a very expected way--no big surprises here, folks.

    This is one of the less than wonderful episodes from THE TWILIGHT ZONE television series. Despite some opinions to the contrary, the quality of the episodes of this series varied tremendously--with some classics, some clunkers and a few that are just time-passers. I'd put this one in the category of a time-passer. While it's harmless enough, just watching John McGiver yell and yell and then finally get his comeuppance just isn't enough to justify an entire episode. It's inoffensive but pretty weak all around.
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    Kahavor

    Phew, "Sounds and Silences" was not an episode I'd want to watch during marathons all the time. John McGiver certainly doesn't bother with subtlety as his character, Roswell G Flemington, is full tilt boogie demonstrative in his everyday evocation of the sound and fury of war (even if he wasn't quite the soldier he so loudly and dutifully relives to his beleaguered and tormented employees (he operates a model ship company you'd think was a cruiser on the open sea heading for battle)), certainly decorating his office and home and sounding off battle noise/activity from records he dedicatedly plays ad nauseam.

    Well, this episode spends a hell of a lot of time with McGiver just going to war with a fed-up wife played by Penny Singleton, their words exchanged with such rage, vitriol, and heated furor that it is just plain draining and exhausting. I think McGiver's character is so obnoxious, thunderous (a word coined throughout this episode and an apt description of McGiver's temperament and voice), and demanding that the episode, I believe, suffers for it. This guy is such a piece of work. His visit to a doctor, he considers a quack--who gives him *sound* advice that he should perhaps see a shrink when Roswell starts to hear sounds at a heightened degree (dripping water sounds like bullets in a ricocheting off metal, shoes across the floor or a ticking clock are loud enough to tremor the nerves and shake the eardrums)--running him down as unworthy of his position, only to accept his recommendation after a night of epic noise during a hard night.

    The psychiatrist convincing Roswell that it is all mind over matter and that he can mentally shoo away the sharp influx of deafening noise that befalls him is a significant development that secures a twist Serling's monologue calls "poetic justice". While I think pretty much anyone watching this should expect a character like Roswell to suffer for just being a incorrigible blowhard barking continuously at everyone he comes in contact with (even when he brags on someone, like the shrink), having to endure him for an entire episode is quite a tasking experience. McGiver is a volcano spewing forth with rarely any let up…not a performance that makes my Twilight Zone hierarchy which has such a rich history of talent putting up a wealth of good work during the wonderful series' tenure.

    All that said, the film has some funny moments at the expense of Roswell, particularly his employees talking among themselves about him when he isn't around, poking gleeful fun at his annoyingly growl-and-push assertiveness, expecting them to operate a business with all the noise surrounding the workplace due to him. The episode loud and clear considers the lead character a thorn embedded in the ass of all he met, so spending twenty five minutes with him is not exactly easy.

    Fascinating trivia tidbit from Zicree's Twilight Zone Companion: this episode was literally shelved and vaulted due to a plagiarism case due to Serling writing it too close to a script from another author not used.
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    Kagalkree

    John McIver is the president of a model boat company who is a nuisance to his wife and employees. Having been raised in a household in which no noise was permitted, he now demands action and noise from his environment. Most of it is nautically tinged, due to his having been at sea, for reasons that remain obscure. That is, if you want noise, you don't necessarily look for a berth aboard a Navy ship; you try to find a job in a boiler factory.

    The guy plays records of sea battles and Navy songs and when he speaks, he shouts. His employees throw darts at a board with his uniformed image on it. (He's wearing the two white stripes of a Seaman Apprentice; he looks about forty and his grade is E-2.) Eventually he drives his wife, Penny Singleton, away.

    But then one night he's awakened by a dripping faucet in another room. He finds that every sound is amplified. A drop of water from the shower head sounds like a bullet's ricochet. The doc can find nothing wrong with his ears, so he's sent to a psychiatrist, who cures him.

    Oh, happy day. Except that after a brief spell of normality, he discovers that he's practically deaf.

    This is season five. If the story hadn't been preceded by so many excellent episodes earlier, it would seem better than it does. Serling always dictated his dialog and he must have been running out of steam because he falls back on patterns of speech that were by this time overused. Something along the lines of: "I've had you up to here! I've had you up to there! I've had you up to my neck! In short, I've HAD you!" And there's a good deal of pseudo-elegance. "Shall" replaces "will" -- sometimes, not always.

    It's not a bad episode, not dull in any way. It just seems a little tired. As a child, I used to watch Penny Singleton play "Blondie" in a series of B comedies. I thought she was the most beautiful creature that ever walked the earth -- and a big movie star to boot.
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    Rose Of Winds

    This episode is far from the best Twilight Zone - certainly in the bottom half of them - but it does have one fascinating scene. It is while Roswell Flemington (John McGiver) is explaining to his wife how he had to act in his mother's house when growing up. He describes the whispering and silence imposed on him, and how he hated it. Now that he is a man and has his own home and business, he can be as loud as he wants to be. A very cool psychological look at what made the character the disagreeable man he became.
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    digytal soul

    While I've seen plenty of "Twilight Zone" eps as a teen, this was the first time I've seen this particular one. John McGiver plays a bombastic boss at a model ship building. He shouts at his employees and plays his records of actual sounds of ship battles full blast. His wife (Penny Singleton) can no longer stand him and resolves to leave. I'll stop there and just say director Richard Donner really does make fine use of volume and sound in making a funny take on one man's madness, ditto author Rod Serling on the dialogue he covers. Oh, and it's also fascinating seeing a much-older Ms. Singleton doing something outside of her familiar "Blondie" persona. This was one of her few on screen roles after that movie series ended. She had voiced Jane Jetson on the animated series "The Jetsons" for one season a couple of years back. But because that show's popularity grew when that very season was rerun in both syndication and on network Saturday mornings for a couple of decades, she and the rest of the voice cast would return for more seasons during the late '80s, culminating in the feature film version in 1990 which would be Ms. Singleton's last time doing such. Her final live action appearance was in an ep of "Murder She Wrote" in 1986. She'd pass away on November 12, 2003.
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    Kazimi

    This is a very forgettable episode starring John McGiver. He runs a model ship making business. He is a Navy veteran and has carried his experiences to his business. He alienates his workers and his wife with his loud, loud being. He rings bells and plays his stereo loudly (battle sounds and planes taking off). People despise him. He is cruel and insensitive. One day, everything seems to get a hundred times louder than normal. A faucet drip sounds like Niagara Falls. Squeaky shoes are incredibly abrasive. He sees doctors and things he has a solution. But sometimes we don't really want what we wish for. It's just a pretty poorly done episode. It's as if Serling was saying, "Let's see. What if a loud man had to deal with real loudness? What then?
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    Ximathewi

    This could have been the abyss of the greatest TV show ever (but A Thing About Machines is worse). Simply too painful to watch. Yet another grossly unsympathetic man with a silly name, but this one is bad enough to make Mr Bevis or Julius Moomer look like great icons. A wretchedly silly and boring entry. I've never seen such an unconvincing or downright bad central performance. Every line he struts and frets fails to reach the heights of ham or cod acting. I am aware that John McGiver was an otherwise very accomplished character actor, having seen him in many films. Just as I'm aware that Rod Serling was a great writer, but this utter rubbish is best forgotten.

    Don't be like me and go looking for a message in this trash. Please look elsewhere in the Twilight Zone.
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    Pipet

    John McGiver was a well-regarded character actor in his day (e.g. "Midnight Cowboy") and he was a regular fixture on television for many years. Unfortunately, his role in the last season Twilight Zone entry "Sounds and Silences" doesn't give him much to work with. McGiver plays Roswell Flemington, an obnoxious and extremely loud-mouthed ex-Naval officer who needs to drown everyone else out with as much excessive noise as he can muster. The chief sufferer is his wife (Penny Singleton from the old 1940's Blondie movies) who tries her best to live with him until even she can't take it anymore. Roswell decides to see a psychiatrist (Michael Fox) in the hope that the gentleman can identify his problem and somehow straighten him out. Instead, the psychiatrist takes old Roswell down the wrong road and shows him how to tune everyone else out of his life. At first, Roswell thinks this is the perfect cure for his problem. It's just "mind over matter" he convinces himself. Unfortunately, Roswell's "cure" has some serious ramifications. He ends up tuning everyone and everything out permanently and is forced to live in his own self-inflicted vacuum of total silence.

    Nothing special about this episode. "Sounds and Silences" involves a simple and standard Twilight Zone theme (i.e. a bad guy getting what he justly deserves) that has been done far better and with much more originality than in this story. Richard Donner, who went on to a distinguished directorial career in Hollywood, handles his job here with perfunctory skill. McGiver gives it his all playing Flemington, but the character is too mean-spirited and one-dimensional for him to inject any life into. It's good to see Penny Singleton, however. Besides playing Blondie in the 1940's, viewers might also remember her as the voice of Jane Jetson.