Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Dick York of course!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dick York of course!




Randomly I was set onto thinking about Dick York. I can't say where it began. I can never remember what gets my mind into Dick York mode. Regardless, I was reminded that I must reiterate here that I still find Dick York's Twilight Zone episode "A Penny For Your Thoughts" to be not only one of my favorite TWZ episodes but also, for my money, basically the best telepathy scenario there is. Granted there are plenty of books I haven't read that probably blow this scenario away with their sophisticated use of telepathy. But really I usually think of this and the much inferior but still funny scene in The Misadventures of Merlin Jones where Tommy Kirk is reading the minds of the other kids in the library. That scene is silly and I find it humorous, but "A Penny For Your Thoughts" just blows it away. I met George Clayton Johnson(the writer of said episode) years ago at a Twilight Zone convention. I don't remember what I said to him, but I know it couldn't have conveyed how much I like that episode and how great I think it is. I do remember meeting William Schallert (who I also think is awesome) and him being nonplussed by my saying I had been a fan of the Patty Duke show. I think he even rolled his eyes as I recall. Oh and I also met Kevin McCarthy there too. He was very cool. He had a pic of him with Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante on the set of Innerspace (I think). I have to find it. It was the three of them and on either side were some pods from the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I think he wrote "Check out these pods!" or something like that. Funny. Some young kid was hanging around his table and he asked the kid if he was gonna buy something (pictures etc he had there) or what. The kid said he didn't have any money and then McCarthy said (in this very RJ Fletcher kind of way) "Well then get the hell outta here!!". He immediately said he was kidding but he scared the kid and it was very humorous. Anyway, I got sidetracked there. The point is, Dick York rules telepathy as far as I'm concerned...

3 comments:

Dave said...

You should've had him write: "This town means about as much to me as a festering ball of dog snot!"

Do they still hold Twilight Zone conventions? Count me in. That is a great episode, but I think it's just about impossible to choose one favorite. What a run.

CitizenRobots said...

Was it because a few weeks ago I was telling you that a few seasons of BEWITCHED are on Hulu.com??? God I love Hulu. They also have I Dream of Jeannie episodes - not as good as Bewitched, but by GOD, the theme songs. They don't have theme songs like THOSE anymore.

Hal said...

Dick York is also great in the small but pivotal role of Bertram Cates in the original, and by far best version of INHERIT THE WIND.

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