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Mob Mentality Delving even deeper into the soul of the human condition, The Twilight Zone taps into the darkest recesses of mankind’s unkind ways, examining bigotry and mob mentality. ” A similar Serling episode, “The Shelter,” which aired during the Cuban missile crisis, stars Larry Gates, Peggy Stewart, Jack Albertson, and Sandy Kenyon as neighborhood friends attending a birthday party. When they learn of an impending missile attack and fight for entry into the only fallout shelter on their block, fear takes hold quickly, tearing at their friendships.
William Froug, hired to replace Granet, began his role producing, with his first Twilight Zone episode to air, “The Last Night of a Jockey,” featuring a larger-than-life performance by Mickey Rooney. Like the other producers for the series, Froug’s expertise was impressive. He had worked as a writer for The Dick Powell Show and Adventures in Paradise, and would later write for Charlie’s Angels. He produced episodes of Playhouse 90, and later Bewitched and Gilligan’s Island. Froug brought a new perspective to working on Twilight Zone and Serling reciprocated by having him leave behind several scripts Granet had in development and start with new material.
He found it necessary to outsource 20 some of his Twilight Zone scripts to ghostwriters who were also members of the Group. ” During this period, when Beaumont felt exhausted and burned out, his colleagues sensed that something else was going on with him besides his large workload. During activities with the Group, they noticed his once-motivated aura now seemed haggard and aged. His speech began to slur, he seemed forgetful and confused, and by 1963, when The Twilight Zone was entering its final season, he was unable to write.