Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination

by Nicholas Parisi, Anne Serling (Foreword by)

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ISBN-13: 9781496817501
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Pages: 558
Sales rank: 47,289
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Parisi, Ronkonkoma, New York, serves on the Board of Directors of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Rod Serling's legacy. He is a former staff writer and editor for Good Times magazine in Long Island. He is also a musician and vocalist. In 2010, his former band, Arioch, released a CD with the Serling-inspired title Between Light and Shadow on Retrospect Records.

Table of Contents

Foreword Anne Serling xiii

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 From Binghamton to the Battlefield and Back 7

Chapter 2 A Storm in Cincinnati 23

Videography 1 Stars over Hollywood and Lux Video Theatre 34

Chapter 3 Serling's Obsolete Men 45

Videography 2 Armstrong Circle Theatre, Hallmark Hall of Fame, The Doctor, and Kraft Television Theatre 50

Chapter 4 A Return to Radio 69

Videography 3 Chrysler Medallion Theatre, Motorola Television Hour, and Studio One 72

Chapter 5 Say Something about Something: Serling on Having a Point of View 83

Chapter 6 In Praise of the Individual 86

Videography 4 Danger and Ford Theatre 91

Chapter 7 "Patterns": An Overnight Sensation Five Years in the Making 96

Videography 5 Climax!, United States Steel Hour, Matinee Theatre, and Kaiser Aluminum Hour 104

Chapter 8 Serling in the Censorship Arena 123

Chapter 9 From the Middle Ground to the Murder of Emmett Till 128

Chapter 10 Of "Dust" and "Doomsday" 136

Chapter 11 Live from Television City in Hollywood: Playhouse 90 151

Chapter 12 A Ninety-Minute Knockout: "Requiem for a Heavyweight" 154

Videography 6 Playhouse 90 160

Chapter 13 In the Presence of Whose Enemies? Serling and Anti-Semitism 174

Chapter 14 Patterns of Violence 178

Chapter 15 Its about Time: Desilu Playhouse's "The Time Element" 185

Chapter 16 Entering The Twilight Zone 189

Videography 7 The Twilight Zone: Season 1 200

Videography 8 The Twilight Zone: Season 2 227

Videography 9 The Twilight Zone: Season 3 248

Videography 10 The Twilight Zone: Season 4 269

Videography 11 The Twilight Zone: Season 5 276

Chapter 17 After Twilight: Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Movie and The Twilight Zone: Season 6 288

Chapter 18 The Loner 293

Videography 12 The Loner 300

Chapter 19 Another Christmas, Another Carol, and the Soviet Communist Conspiracy 322

Chapter 20 Odd Street and The Doomsday Flight: The Twilight Zone Sequel That Never Was 327

Chapter 21 Rod Serling and Planet of the Apes 332

Chapter 22 The New People and the Same Old Song and Dance 346

Chapter 23 "A Storm in Summer" 349

Chapter 24 A Season to Be Wary of the Night Gallery 356

Videography 13 Night Gallery: Pilot and Season 1 367

Videography 14 Night Gallery: Season 2 398

Videography 15 Night Gallery: Season 3 441

Chapter 25 Rod Serling: Actor, Narrator … Game Show Host? 451

Chapter 26 Between Science and Superstition: Rod's Religion 456

Chapter 27 A Legacy as Timeless as Infinity 463

Acknowledgments 467

Appendix A Additional Videography 469

Appendix B The Storm: Videography, Notes, and Sources 482

Appendix C Selected Uncredited and/or Unproduced Titles 489

Appendix D Rod Serling's Works and Awards 494

Notes 510

Sources 523

Index 527

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