The Twilight Zone

Walking Distance

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 10/30/59
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  • Episode Description
  • Martin Sloan, driving through the country, leaves his car and starts to walk toward his hometown, Homewood. He finds things exactly as they were when he was a child. He soon realizes he's gone back in time.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Irene Tedrow

    Mrs. Sloan

  • Michael Montgomery

    Martin as a Child

  • Ron Howard

    Wilcox Boy

  • Byron Foulger


  • Sheridan Comerate

    The Gas Station Attendant

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • 1.5 Miles to Homewood

    By kiamacricket, Jun 15, 2013

  • wow!!

    By jdog2309, Jun 29, 2012

  • Excellent episode

    By Brian4663, Jan 02, 2012

  • You can never go home again.

    By sh811a, Oct 24, 2007

  • …some wisp of memory…

    By amazingwebhead, Feb 03, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • (Closing Narration) Narrator: Martin Sloan, age thirty-six, vice-president in charge of media. Successful in most things but not in the one effort that all men try at some time in their lives - trying to go home again. And also like all men perhaps there'll be an occasion, maybe a summer night sometime, when he'll look up from what he's doing and listen to the distant music of a calliope, and hear the voices and the laughter of the people and the places of his past. And perhaps across his mind there'll flit a little errant wish, that a man might not have to become old, never outgrow the parks and the merry-go-rounds of his youth. And he'll smile then too because he'll know it is just an errant wish, some wisp of memory not too important really, some laughing ghosts that cross a man's mind, that are a part of the Twilight Zone.

    • (Opening Narration) Narrator: Martin Sloan, age thirty-six. Occupation: vice-president, ad agency, in charge of media. This is not just a Sunday drive for Martin Sloan. He perhaps doesn't know it at the time, but it's an exodus. Somewhere up the road he's looking for sanity. And somewhere up the road, he'll find something else.

    • Martin Sloan: (to his younger self) Martin, I only wanted to tell you that this is a wonderful time of life for you. Don't let any of it go by without enjoying it. There won't be any more merry-go-rounds, no more cotton candy, no more band concerts. I only wanted to tell you that this is a wonderful time for you. Now. Here. That's all, Martin. That's all I wanted to tell you. God help me. That's all I wanted to tell you.

    Notes (1)

    • The music by Bernard Herrmann in this episode was used thoughout the series.

    Trivia (1)

    • 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.

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