The Twilight Zone

The Shelter

Season 3, Ep 3, Aired 9/29/61
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  • Episode Description
  • When a nuclear attack appears imminent, several suburban friends and neighbors fight over control of a single bomb shelter.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Larry Gates

    Dr. William Stockton

  • Joseph Bernard

    Marty Weiss

  • Jack Albertson

    Jerry Harlowe

  • Peggy Stewart

    Grace Stockton

  • Sandy Kenyon

    Frank Henderson

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • What would you do to save yourself?

    By MajLorne, Feb 22, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Frank: We'd have all those people on that block knowing there's a shelter over here. Frank's wife: That's right, and what right have they to it? This isn't their street, this isn't their shelter. Harry: Oh! This is our shelter, eh? And on the block that's another country altogether?

    • (as Grace is filling up jugs of water, she knocks one over and it breaks) Bill: Take it easy... now just make believe it's perfume and it costs $100 an ounce, and in an hour it may be worth even more than that.

    • (Opening Narration) Narrator: What you are about to watch is a nightmare. It is not meant to be prophetic, it need not happen, it's the fervent and urgent prayer of all men of good will that it never shall happen. But in this place, in this moment, it does happen. This is the Twilight Zone.

    • Jerry Harlowe: As a little personal aside, I'd like to conclude this way. Bill: It'll probably be the best part of the speech.

    • (the Stocktons have closed and locked themselves in their bomb shelter; they won't let anybody else in, because there's air and provisions for only the three of them. Their neighbors are all gathered in the basement, just outside the shelter.) Marty Weiss: ...Jerry, you know Bill better than anybody. Go down and tell him to pick out one family. Frank Henderson: ONE family...meaning YOURS, Marty. Right? Marty Weiss: Well, why not? I've got a 3-month-old baby! Mrs. Harlowe: What's that got to do with anything? Is your baby any more precious than one of MY kids? Marty Weiss: I never said that! Listen, if you're going to argue over who deserves to live more than the next person...! Frank Henderson: You shut your mouth, Weiss! That's the way it is when the foreigners come over here. Pushy, grabby semi-Americans! Crowding us out of our own country! Tainting our bloodlines! Marty Weiss: Why, you garbage-mouthed beast, I'll...! (he attacks Frank and they grapple murderously until Jerry pulls them apart) Jerry Harlowe: ...Keep THAT up, and we won't even NEED a bomb to slaughter us!

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    Notes (1)

    • Included on volume 8 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.

    Trivia (1)

    • The shelter's door was made out of wood covered in fake steel.

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