The Twilight Zone

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Quotes (598)

  • Ferris: Anybody want a sundae? I'm sorry, old buddy, I don't recollect the name. The face is vaguely familiar, but the name escapes me. I'll tell you what my problem is. I'm in the middle of a nightmare I can't wake up from. And you're part of it. You and the ice cream and the police station and the phone booth., that little mannequin. This whole bloody town wherever it is - whatever it is. I just remembered something, Scrooge said it, you remember Scrooge, old buddy, Ebeneezer Scrooge? That's what he said to that ghost Jacob Marley. He said, "You may be an undigested bit of beef, a crumb of cheese, a blot of mustard, a fragment of an undone potato, but there's more of gravy than of grave about you." You see, that's what you are. You're what I had for dinner last night. You must be. But now I've had it, I'd like to wake up. I'd like to wake up now. If I can't wake up, at least I'd like to find somebody to talk to. Well, I must be a very imaginative guy. Nobody in the whole bloody world could have a dream as complete as mine. Right down to the last detail.

  • Reporter #2: What happened to him toward the end, General, before he pushed that button or whatever it was? Air Force General: What happened to him is that he cracked. Delusions of some kind we assume. But let me tell you all something, gentlemen. If any one of you were confined in a box five feet square for two and a half weeks, all by your lonesome without hearing a human voice other than your own, I'll give you especially good odds that your imagination would run away with you, too, such as his obviously did.

  • Ferris: Just off my rocker, huh, doc? Doctor: Just a kind of a nightmare that your mind manufactured for you. You see, we can feed the stomach with concentrates, we can supply microfilm for reading, recreation, even movies of a sort. We can pump oxygen in and waste material out, but there's one thing we can't simulate that's a very basic need. Man's hunger for companionship. The barrier of loneliness. That's one thing we haven't licked yet. Ferris: Next time it won't just be just a box in a hanger, will it? Air Force General: No, Mike. Next time you'll really be alone.

  • Ferris: Hey, don't go away up there. Next time, it won't be a dream or a nightmare. Next time, it'll be for real. So don't go away. We'll be up there in a little while.

  • Colonel: What was it like, sir? Where did you think you were? Mike: A place I don't want to go again, sir. A town. A town without people.

  • Mike: (unknowingly addressing a mannequin) Look, I don't want you to think I'm nuts or anything. It's nothing like that. It's just that, well... it's just that I don't seem to remember who I am.

  • Narrator: There is a sixth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the sunlight of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area that might be called the Twilight Zone.

  • (Closing Narration) Narrator: Up there, up there in the vastness of space, in the void that is sky, up there is an enemy known as isolation. It sits there in the stars waiting. Waiting with the patience of eons. Forever the Twilight Zone.

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Notes (279)

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  • The city lot that can be seen in this episode is the same city block that was used in all of the Back to the Future movies.

  • The pilot episode was filmed at Universal-International studios [which is why a movie marquee announced the studio's Battle Hymn (1956), starring Rock Hudson, was playing in the theater]. The series was filmed at MGM.

  • In the original unaired version of the pilot episode, Westbrook Van Voohris (better known as the narrator of the radio and newsreel series The March Of Time") was the narrator. Serling and CBS decided not use him in the series because he sounded "too pompous". Orson Welles' name was then suggested, but his asking price as narrator was considered too high for primary sponsor General Foods {Sanka}. Then someone suggested that Rod himself be the narrator...

  • The pilot version of this episode is included on Image-Entertainment's Volume 43 DVD. It includes an 8 minute intro from Rod Serling, directed at companies considering sponsoring the show.

  • The intro that was used during the first season was as follows: "There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition; and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone."

  • This episode features no fantastical, science fiction, or supernatural elements. Serling was purportedly dissatisfied with this and when he wrote up the story for one of the TZ anthologies, he added a bit at the end where Ferris finds a movie ticket in his pocket from his "hallucination."

  • The broadcast version of this episode is included on Image-Entertainment's Treasures of The Twilight Zone DVD.

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Trivia (109)

  • While Ferris is speaking to the mockup, a fly appears, it lands on the car door and remains there.

  • In the end credits, Jay Overholts is listed as Jay "Overholt"

  • The glass face of the booth's clock is broken into more pieces when shown in close-up.

  • Denton passes out and the gun appears to his right hand. When he wakes up, it's next to his left hand.

  • Although set in the Old West, modern-day (for 1959, anyway) radio antennas can be glimpsed off in the distance.

  • The windshield on the convertible in the opening scene at the service station, with the camera shooting from the rear of the car, is so opaque or occluded that it would have been impossible to have seen through to drive.

  • For all the creativity Bedeker put into his attempts to cash in on endangering his life, he seems not to have considered ways to avoid the life sentence. He could attempt to escape, for example. He certainly wouldn't be killed in the attempt, after all.

  • Actor Nesdon Booth's credit is mispelled as "Nesden Booth" in the closing credits.

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Allusions (21)

  • The lead character alludes to Robert Frost - a writer who wrote famous poems and books.

  • The quote: "The best laid plans of mice and men" (as well as the book "Of Mice and Men") is taken from the poem "To a Mouse."

  • The title is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet. It is part of the "To Be or Not to Be" soliloquy wherein Hamlet ponders the nature of life, death and his very existence. The full line reads: "To die, - To sleep, - To sleep ! Perchance to dream: - ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life;"

  • Maggie: Me and Electra. Referencing Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra (1931). The play, set during the American Civil War, is an update of the myth of Orestes.

  • The episode title is a reference to the poem "The Arrow and the Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

  • The title is taken from Shakespeare's "Richard II" The complete line reads: "He is come to open the purple testament of bleeding war".

  • Of Mice and Men: When he is fired, Bevis comments, "The best-laid plans of mice and men... and Bevis." This is a misquote from Robert Burns's poem, To a Mouse, which is often quoted as, "The best-laid plans of mice and men go oft awry."

  • Title Referencing the short story by Washington Irving (1819), where the title character sleeps through 20 years and wakes up to find that the American Revolution has occurred and most of what he knew has long since disappeared.

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