The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Hocus-Pocus and Frisby 

A rural gas station attendant given to telling tall tales about himself is kidnapped by aliens who believe him to be one of Earth's leading intellects.


Lamont Johnson


Rod Serling (teleplay by), Frederick Louis Fox (based on a story by) (as Frederic Louis Fox) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Andy Devine ... Somerset Frisby
Milton Selzer ... Alien
Howard McNear ... Mitchell
Dabbs Greer ... Scanlan
Clem Bevans ... Pete


Somerset Frisby runs a country store and gas station and loves to tell tall tales to his friends. To listen to him he's graduated from several universities and his advice to Henry Ford created the auto industry. His friends always have a good laugh but two patrons seem to take a interest in Somerset and his stories. They're aliens who think they've found the perfect human specimen to take back to their home planet. Somerset wants nothing to do with and to his great surprising has the weapon he needs to make his escape in his pocket. It all should give him a good tale for his pals. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

13 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hocus-Pocus and Frisby See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The visitors' car is a Renault Caravelle convertible. See more »


On the sign in front of the General Store, comparisons are made to Gimbels and Macey's, etc. It should be Macy's. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: The reluctant gentleman with the sizeable mouth is Mr. Frisby. He has all the drive of a broken camshaft and the aggressive vinegar of a corpse. As you've no doubt gathered, his big stock in trade is the tall tale. Now, what he doesn't know is that the visitors out front are a very special breed, destined to change his life beyond anything even his fertile imagination could manufacture. The place is Pitchville Flats, the time is the present. But Mr. Frisby's on the first leg ...
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Referenced in Galaxy Quest (1999) See more »

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Another comedic genius!
12 June 2019 | by sscalSee all my reviews

For me, in 2019, to watch contemporaneously the legends of yesteryear is a privilege and joy. Andy Devine was, excuse me, devine! Almost and perhaps as good as Buster Keaton in th TZ episode Once Upon a Time. Both were a thrill to see and I so enjoyed to experience their boundless talent!

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