This one broke my brain. Thanks to Kilgore Trout on Twitter, I’ve now seen it all. When the Twitter user tweeted about this video, I thought it had to be fake. Someone was dubbing in the name. But I watched the lips and it looked like it was legit.
What I’m about to tell you is real, as unbelievable as it sounds. You can watch the video yourself. “Trackdown” was a late-1950s television show starring Robert Culp as a lawman. One of it’s episodes is called “End of the World.”
The plot, written in the 1950s, is pretty relevant today. It’s about a man who swindles a town. He wants them to build a wall and he tries to whip them up into a fearful frenzy. You will never believe what the man’s name is until you see the video. Here’s a scene from an early part of the episode when Culp’s lawman chats with a woman at the bar.
“What’s going on in this town anyway? Did your mayor die, or what?”
“World’s coming to an end.”
“Midnight tonight the whole kiboodle is gonna burn up.”
“Where’d you get that?”
“Fellow back there. ”
“The one with the hat on?”
(No) The other one.”
“He says the world is going to come to an end?”
“Where’s he from?”
“Drove in this morning. Wagon’s out front.”
“Hmmm. Mmmm. Got a name?”
“I bet it fits.”
Anybody in town know him?”
“They’re all willing to believe what he said?”
“We’re not gonna stop up their ears.”
He’s supposed to give us the whole story tonight.”
The part that gets me is that the young Robert Culp’s square jaw is pretty reminiscent of the guy running the Special Counsel’s Office.
You can almost see Robert Mueller nodding along as the credulous woman tells him her tale.