The Twilight Zone

The Mind and the Matter

Season 2, Ep 27, Aired 5/12/61
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  • Episode Description
  • A book on the power of thought enables an irritable man to re-create the world exactly as he wants it.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shelley Berman

    Archibald Beechcroft

  • Jack Grinnage


  • Chet Stratton


  • Jeane Wood


  • Rod Serling


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    • (Opening Narration) Narrator: A brief if frenetic introduction to Mr. Archibald Beechcroft, a child of the twentieth century, a product of the population explosion, and one of the inheritors of the legacy of progress. Mr. Beechcroft again. This time act two of his daily battle for survival. And in just a moment, our hero will begin his personal one-man rebellion against the mechanics of his age, and to do so he will enlist certain aids available only in the Twilight Zone.

    • Rogers: Get some sleep at night. Regular meals, lots of milk, fresh vegetables. Greens. Oh you can't beat those greens for vitamins. I'm a spinach-and-lettuce man myself. I'd even have them for breakfast if, well, if people wouldn't look at me a little tilt.

    • Archibald: All well and good. All well and good, to be sure. But what's to do? How does one occupy his time? Beechcroft's Reflection: Too much of a good thing? Archibald: I wouldn't say that. Beechcroft's Reflection: But you're thinking it. Bored to death, aren't you? Archibald: Well, let's just say that, let's just say that I am temporarily somewhat accessible to suggestions as to how to occupy my time. Beechcroft's Reflection: Let's face it. You are bored to tears. Solitude is one thing but loneliness, loneliness is quite another. Archibald: Loneliness nothing. I despise people. I loathe them. And I, Archibald Beechcroft, have done away with them. For good and all, mind you. Beechcroft's Reflection: For good and all. Thought about any alternatives? Archibald: Alternatives to what? Beechcroft's Reflection: Alternatives to this. You're bored! You don't have idea one how to occupy your time. People are bad enough but inactivity is even worse. How about it? Archibald: Oh, don't talk nonsense, please. I'm content. I'm honestly and truly content for the first time in my life. I've rid myself of the worst scourge there is. The populace. Beechcroft's Reflection: Well, what about the thing that's going to happen to you in the after... Archibald: Shut up.

    • Archibald: The thing of it is, while I don't care for people, it's difficult not having anyone. Beechcroft's Reflection: Why not get someone? Archibald: That's the point. Someone is everyone, and I can't stand everyone. Or anyone, for that matter.

    • (Closing Narration) Narrator: Mr. Archibald Beechcroft, a child of the twentieth century, who has found out through trial and error - and mostly error - that with all its faults it may well be that this is the best of all possible worlds. People notwithstanding, it has much to offer. Tonight's case in point in the Twilight Zone.

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