The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 22

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Aired Unknown Feb 28, 1964 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Tonight a presentation so special and unique that, for the first time in the five years we've been presenting The Twilight Zone, we're offering a film shot in France by others. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival of 1962, as well as other international awards, here is a haunting study of the incredible, from the past master of the incredible, Ambrose Bierce. Here is the French production of 'An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge.'

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge--in two forms, as it was dreamed, and as it was lived and died. This is the stuff of fantasy, the thread of imagination... the ingredients of the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • According to the first printing of Marc Scott Zicree's book The Twilight Zone Companion (@1982), this episode was only shown twice, on February 28, 1964 and September 11, 1964. It was not included in the original syndication package. Most likely because it is not really a Twilight Zone episode but a film bought as acquired source material. Thus, only the agreed-on broadcast rights, in this case 2, were given for the show. Any subsequent airings would require other rights, and keeping up with them would be difficult. For this reason, it may or may not have ever been in syndication.

    • The real name of the spy is "Peyton Farquhar."

    • The title of the original song for this episode is "Live Livin' Man"; written (in English) by Henri Lanoe, and sung in spiritual style.

    • The original French film version of this episode won the Academy Award in 1963 for Best Short Film.

    • This episode is actually a French short film, with several minutes cut out and Serling's narration appended to the beginning and end.

    • This episode is based on the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce. The story was first published in Bierce's story collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (1891).

    • This episode is not shown in syndication.

  • Allusions