TWO Writer/Director: Montgomery Pittman Cast: Elizabeth Montgomery, Charles Bronson, Sharon Lucas In this contemporary Adam and Eve story, the two lone, frightened survivors of a nuclear holocaust must start the world afresh. LW: Golly, we got the other half of "Bewitched", Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha) herself. Strange how so many people from TZ episodes went on to work together in the late 60's. Or maybe not so strange when you consider the relationships built up with MGM and other studios over this period. THE ARRIVAL Writer: Rod Serling Director: Boris Segal Cast: Harold J. Stone, Bing Russell, Robert Karnes, Noah Keen, Jim Boles, Robert Brubaker, Fredd Wayne The aviation administration is completely baffled by the appearance of a mysterious empty airliner - until an examiner poses the unlikely but apparently sound theory that the craft is imaginary. THE SHELTER Writer: Rod Serling Director: Lamount Johnson Cast: Larry Gates, Peggy Stewart, Michael Burne, Jack Albertson, Jo Helton, Joseph Bernard, Moria Turner, Sandy Kenyon, Mary Gregory, John McLiam When a possible nuclear attack is announced, several suburban friends and neighbors are reduced to selfish, vicious animals in a struggle over one family's bomb shelter. LW: A strong cast (including Jack Albertson) lend power to this dramatic story of emotions and fears running wild during a yellow alert. THE PASSERBY Writer: Rod Serling Director: Eliot Silverstein Cast: Joanne Linville, James Gregory, Rex Holman, David Garcia, Warren Kammering, Austin Green A company of Civil War soldiers who believe they are marching home from battle soon come to realize that they are actually dead. A GAME OF POOL Writer: George Clayton Johnson Director: A. E. Houghton Cast: Jonathan Winters, Jack Klugman A young pool player finds himself playing against a long-dead master pool shark. The stakes: his life. LW: A good one. Klugman and Winters are the only actors onstage at any time during this powerful and well acted episode. THE MIRROR Writer: Rod Serling Director: Don Medford Cast: Peter Falk, Tony Carbone, Richard Karlan, Arthur Batanides, Rodolfo Hoyos, Will Kuluva, Vladimir Sokoloff, Val Ruffino In the state offices of an overthrown government, a revolutionary leader uses a mirror reported to possess strange powers - it can show the viewer the face of the person who will kill him. LW: An interesting role for Faulk. The segment is really not terribly good. The country is obviously a thinly obscured representation of Castro's Cuba. THE GRAVE Writer/Director: Montgomery Pittman Cast: Lee Marvin, James Best, Strother Martin, Ellen Willrad, Lee VanCleef, William Challee, Stafford Repp, Larry Johns, Richard Geary When a gunman scornfully defiles an outlaw's grave, he sees the man's dying threats come true. LW: Not a bad cast for a TZ! Not a terribly good story, but well done nevertheless. ITS A GOOD LIFE Writer: Rod Serling Director: Jim Sheldon Cast: Billy Mumy, John Larch, Cloris Leachman, Tom Hatcher, Alice Frost, Don Keefer, Jeanne Bates, Lenore Kingston, Casey Adams A rural community is held terrorized by the unearthly powers of a young boy. Based on a short story by Jerome Bixby. LW: Billy Mumy and (a relatively young) Cloris Leachman playing on TZ. Will wonders never cease? This is an interesting episode, particularly since Serling had to spend the first five minutes setting up the basic premise of the story by using a U.S. map and individually introducing us to the main characters! If you have ever read the classic story of the same name by Bixby, you will know why this was necessary. DEATHS-HEAD REVISITED Writer: Rod Serling Director: Don Medford Cast: Joseph Schildkraut, Oscar Beregi, Chuck Fox, Karen Verne, Robert Boone, Ben Wright A visit to a concentration camp at Dachau forces a former Nazi to confront the horrifying ghosts of his ghastly wartime crimes. LW: A well-meaning episode, but rather poor in overall quality. THE MIDNIGHT SUN Writer: Rod Serling Director: Anton Leader Cast: Lois Nettleton, Betty Garde, Jason Wingreen, Juney Ellis, Ned Glass, Robert J. Stevenson, John McLiam, Tom Reese, William Keene The Earth is being slowly drawn into the sun, causing drought, devastating heat waves - and panic. This episode features an outstanding musical score by Van Cleave. LW: A fine episode. STILL VALLEY Writer: Rod Serling Director: Jim Sheldon Cast: Gary Merrill, Ben Cooper, Vaughn Taylor, Addison Myers, Mark Tapscott, Jack Mann A strange book presents the Confederate Army with a difficult choice: they can win the Civil War - but they must make a pact with the Devil. Based on a short story by Manley Wade Wellman. THE JUNGLE Writer: Charles Beaumont Director: William Claxton Cast: John Dehner, Emily McLaughlin, Walter Brooks, Hugh Sanders, Howard Wright, Donald Foster, Jay Overholts, Jay Adler A contractor who has violated certain African lands must deal with the fury of the African tribal wizard, even back home in the United States. ONCE UPON A TIME Writer: Richard Matheson Director: Norman Z. McLeod Cast: Buster Keaton, Stanley Adams, Gil Lamb, James Flavin, Michael Ross, Milton Parsons, George E. Stone, Warren Parker A janitor in the late 1800s finds himself in the next century when he innocently fiddles with his inventor-employer's contraption. LW: Boy, is THIS a strange one! Note the presence of Buster Keaton as the main character in the cast. The whole beginning and ending segments of the show (whenever we are in 1880) are done as a SILENT FILM! We get the usual slightly sped up effect, piano music, and dialog cards. When we go into the future (or rather, OUR present), we suddenly go from silent mode to regular sound, regular speed photography! This is one of the class of Twilight Zone comedies, and is a very good one indeed. FIVE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN EXIT Writer: Rod Serling Director: Lamont Johnson Cast: William Windom, Murray Matheson, Susan Harrison, Kelton Garwood, Clark Allen, Mona Houghton, Carol Hill Five people trying to escape from some sort of large cylindrical container have no memory of who they are or how they came to be there. One is a soldier, one a clown, one a dancer, and one a bagpiper. At least I think there was a bagpiper. Hmm. There was also one other character (total must equal five for the title to work!) Based on a short story by Marvin Petal. LW: A good cast, and what has to be about the simplest set ever used in a TZ, or almost any other television show for that matter. A QUALITY OF MERCY Writer: Rod Serling Director: Buzz Kulik Cast: Dean Stockwell, Albert Salmi, Rayford Barnes, Ralph Votrian, Leonard Nimoy, Dale Ishimoto, Jerry Fujikawa, Michael Pataki A soldier gets a fresh, frightening perspective on his militaristic ways when he suddenly experiences a war situation from the enemy's point of view. LW: The only notable element of this episode is Leonard Nimoy in a relatively minor role. NOTHING IN THE DARK Writer: George Clayton Johnson Director: Lamont Johnson Cast: Gladys Cooper, Robert Redford, R. G. Armstrong A frightened old woman who has sealed herself off from the world to avoid confronting death, admits a wounded policeman and soon learns that she may have made a big mistake. ONE MORE PALLBEARER Writer: Rod Serling Director: Lamont Johnson Cast: Joseph Wiseman, Trevor Bardette, Gage Clark, Katherine Squire, Josip Elic, Robert Snyder, Ray Galvin A rich man schemes to wreak revenge on three people who humiliated him at various points in his life. How? By staging a fake nuclear war, just for their benefit. DEAD MAN'S SHOES Writer: Charles Beaumont Director: Montgomery Pittman Cast: Warren Stevens, Harry Swoger, Ben Wright, Joan Marshall, Eugene Borden, Richard Devon, Florence Marly, Ron Haggerthy, Joe Mell When a derelict dons the shoes of a dead gangster, he finds himself following the course of the dead man's life. LW: Not very good really, but it has a couple of fair moments. SHOWDOWN WITH RANCE McGREW Writer: Rod Serling Director: C. Nyby Cast: Larry Blyden, William McLean, Troy Melton, Jay Overholts, Robert J. Stevenson, Robert Cornwaithe, Arch Johnson, Robert Kline, Hal K. Dawson An obnoxious cowboy star gets his comeuppance whan he suddenly finds himself confronting one of the outlaws who has been poorly presented in his television show. LW: Tongue-in-cheek. Fairly humorous. THE HUNT Writer: Earl Hamner, Jr. Director: Harold Schuster Cast: Arthur Hunnicutt, Jeanette Nolan, Titus Moede, Orville Sherman, Charles Seel, Robert Foulk, Dexter DuPont When a hunter and his dog are killed while stalking their prey, they go to the Gates of Heaven, where they must deal with St. Peter. Or IS it really St. Peter? KICK THE CAN Writer: George Clayton Johnson Director: Lamont Johnson Cast: Ernest Treux, Russell Collins, Hank Patterson, Earle Hodgins, Burt Mustin, Gregory McCabe, Marjorie Bennett, Lenore Shanewise, Anne O'Neal, John Marley, Barry Treux, Eve McVeagh, Marc Stevens A children's game somehow offers rejuvenative powers to an old man. LW: Blech. Sopping sentimentality again. A number of these crept into the series. A PIANO IN THE HOUSE Writer: Earl Hamner, Jr. Director: David Greene Cast: Barry Morse, Joan Jackett, Don Durant, Phil Coolidge, Cyril Delevanti, Muriel Landers The right tune played on a mysterious player piano will reveal the listener's true nature. LW: Note the presence of Barry Morse (later of "Space: 1999" among other shows). TO SERVE MAN Writer: Rod Serling Director: Richard Bare Cast: Richard Kiel, Hardie Albright, Robert Tafur, Lomax Study, Theodore Marcuse, Susan Cummings, Nelson Olmstead, Lloyd Bochner When aliens come to Earth bearing promises of a utopian existence, the military's suspicions and skepticism eventually prove justified. But too late. The alien "Canamits" were executed by make-up artist William Tuttle. Based on a short story by Damon Knight. LW: This is a "super-classic". Probably the most popular TZ episode of all time, and one of my personal top favorites as well. EXCELLENT. THE LAST RITES OF JEFF MYRTLEBANK Writer/Director: Montgomery Pittman Cast: James Best, Ralph Moody, Ezelle Pouley, Vickie Barnes, Sherry Jackson, Helen Wallace, Lance Fuller, Bill Fawcett, Edgar Buchanan, Mabel Forrest, Dub Taylor, Jon Lormer, Pat Hector Because a young man has seemingly awakened from the dead, the superstitious townspeople assume he is possessed by the Devil. THE FUGITIVE Writer: Charles Beaumont Director: Richard L. Bare Cast: J. Pat O'Malley, Susan Gordon, Nancy Kulp, Wesley Lau, Paul Tripp, Stephen Talbot, Johnny Eiman, Russ Bender A magical old gentleman uses his powers to help a sick little girl, thus risking being returned to his home planet if agents of his planet locate him. LITTLE GIRL LOST Writer: Richard Matheson Director: Paul Stewart Cast: Sarah Marshall, Robert Sampson, Charles Aidman, Tracy Stratford A couple can hear their daughter's desperate cries, yet she is nowhere to be found - she's fallen through an invisible "hole" in her wall, and is lost in the fourth dimension. LW: Another classic. Another excellent episode. PERSON OR PERSONS UNKNOWN Writer: Charles Beaumont Director: John Brahm Cast: Richard Long, Frank Silvera, Shirley Ballard, Julie Van Zandt, Betty Harford, Ed Glover, Michael Kelp, Joe Higgins, John Newton A man's day gets off to a bizarre start when he awakens to discover that no one knows who he is. LW: Richard Long also starred in several other TZ's over the years. THE GIFT Writer: Rod Serling Director: Allen Parker Cast: Geoffrey Horne, Nico Minardos, Cliff Osmond, Edmund Vargas, Carmen D'Antonio, Paul Mazursky, Vladimir Sokoloff, Vito Scotti, Henry Corden A group of Mexican villagers are convinced that a downed flyer is, in fact, an extraterrestrial. THE LITTLE PEOPLE Writer: Rod Serling Director: Bill Claxton Cast: Joe Maross, Claude Akins, Michael Ford Everything is relative, as a space traveler soon learns when he proceeds to lord his size over the tiny folk who inhabit a planetoid. FOUR O'CLOCK Writer: Rod Serling Director: Lamont Johnson Cast: Theodore Bikel, Phyllis Love, Linden Chiles, Moyna MacGill Based on a short story by Price Day. Theodore Bikel is cast as demented Oliver Crangle, a man dedicated to the expulsion of evil... at all costs. His plan: reduce all the evil people in the world to 2 feet tall, at 4 o'clock. THE TRADE-INS Writer: Rod Serling Director: Elliot Silverstein Cast: Joseph Schildkraut, Noah Keen, Alma Platt, Ted Marcuse, Edson Stroll, Terrene De Marney, Billy Vincent, Mary McMahon, David Armstrong Youth isn't all it's cracked up to be, as an old man learns when a mind and personality transplant gives him a lonely new life in a young new body. LW: Actually, he doesn't get the body until near the end of the show. The primary focus of the episode is that he and his wife only have enough money for ONE of them to be transplanted. A good show. HOCUS POCUS AND FRISBY Writer: Rod Serling Director: Lamont Johnson Cast: Andy Devine, Milton Selzer, Howard McNear, Dabbs Greer, Clem Bevans, Larry Breitman, Peter Brocco The town windbag so impresses a visiting group of aliens (who are masquerading as humans) with his tall tale stories that they attempt to take him back to their planet for study as a prime Earth specimen. Based on a short story by Frederic Louis Fox. LW: Crusty-voiced Andy is perfect in his role. Very humorous. THE DUMMY Writer: Rod Serling Director: Abner Bibberman Cast: Cliff Robertson, Frank Sutton, George Murdock, John Harmon, Sandra Warner, Ralph Manza, Rudy Dolan, Bethelynn Grey A cut-rate ventriloquist starts believing that his dummy actually has a mind - and a will - of its own. Based on a story by Leon Polk. THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD Writer: Rod Serling Director: Robert Ellis Miller Cast: Donald Pleasance, Liam Sullivan, Phillippa Bevans, Kevin O'Neal, Jimmy Baird, Kevin Jones, Tom Lowell, Russ Horton, Buddy Hart, Darryl Richard, James Browning, Bob Biheller, Dennis Kerlee, Pat Close A popular teacher faces the prospect of a life without purpose when he is asked to retire from his post. LW: Very little socially redeeming value to this one. YOUNG MAN'S FANCY Writer: Richard Matheson Director: John Brahm Cast: Phyllis Thaxter, Alex Nicol, Wallace Rooney, Ricky Kelman, Helen Brown A young man yearns so desperately for the days of his youth that the past does, in fact, reappear. LW: In fact, he becomes a little boy again, and goes back to his mother (deserting his fiance). There is a scene in the episode where the fiance sees the elements of the man's youth, right up to his mother, start to appear around them. I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC Writer: Ray Bradbury Director: James Sheldon Cast: Josephine Hutchinson, David White, June Vincent, Vaughn Taylor, Charles Herbert, Dana Dillaway, Paul Nesbitt, Susan Crane, Veronica Cartwright, Judy Morton A girl comes to understand that a grandmother can be a tender, thoughtful, caring, loving woman. Even if she is a robot. LW: To all the Bradbury fans out there, I'm sorry, but this episode is TERRIBLE. Probably one of the five worst TZ's ever made. Is dripping in sentimentality, has rather poor acting, and is generally a lose. CAVENDER IS COMING Writer: Rod Serling Director: Chris Nyby Cast: Carol Burnett, Jesse White, Howard Smith, William O'Connell, Pitt Herbert, John Fielder, Stanley Jones, Frank Behrens, Albert Carrier, Roy Sickner, Norma Shattuc, Rory O'Brien, Sandra Gould, Adrienne Marden, Jack Younger, Danny Kulick, Donna Douglas, Maurice Dallimore, Barbara Morrison In this pilot for a never-launched series, a klutzy guardian angel's attempts to make a bumbling woman happy don't work out quite as expected. LW: If it weren't for the presence of Carol Burnett and Jesse White, I would only give this TWO stars. Another guardian angel plot. Obviously, it was a comedy. Carol tries hard despite a horrid script. Jesse White has played many character roles, but perhaps is best known as the lonely Maytag repairman! The basic plot is VERY similar to the "Mr. Bemis" episode above. By the way, this episode had one very unusual aspect, it was the only TZ with a LAUGHTRACK!