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Twilight Zone, "A Passage for Trumpet"
Klugman's first of four starring roles on the show was as a depressed and alcoholic horn-blower. In this short clip, Klugman runs through the whole of human experience, from despair to anger to satisfaction to hopeless resignation. As Marc Scott Zicree writes in his great The Twilight Zone Companion:
Perhaps better than any other actor, Klugman was able to exemplify the urban loser, the underdog struggling to improve himself but knowing deep down that the odds are overwhelmingly against him.
Several factors raise Klugman's performance here above the merely competent. The first is his total dedication to the part. Buck Houghton recalls: "Klugman took pains, for instance, to learn how to finger a trumpet. He got a good trumpeter to teach him how to do it."