Four O'Clock

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (3)

  • (Opening Narration) Narrator: That's Oliver Crangle, a dealer in petulance and poison. He's rather arbitrarily chosen four o'clock as his personal Gotterdammerung, and we are about to watch the metamorphosis of a twisted fanatic, poisoned by the gangrene of prejudice, to the status of an avenging angel, upright and omniscient, dedicated and fearsome. Whatever your clocks say it's four o'clock - and wherever you are it happens to be the Twilight Zone.

  • Mrs. Williams: Are you threatening me? Crangle My dear lady, I don't threaten people. I compile them. I compile them and I investigate them, analyze them. Then I categorize them and I judge them. If they're impure and evil then they must be punished. On the other hand, if they're simply mislead or naive or unsophisticated, then I point out to them the right way.

  • (Closing Narration) Narrator: At four o'clock, an evil man made his bed and lay in it, a pot called a kettle black, a stone-thrower broke the windows of his glass house. You look for this one under 'F' for fanatic and 'J' for justice... in the Twilight Zone.

Notes (2)

  • In recent years, this episode was remade for radio...with Stacy Keach as the narrator, and Stan Freberg picking up the role of "Crangle."

  • This episode is based on the short story "Four O'Clock" by Price Day. This story was first published in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 14 of My Favorites in Suspense (1959).