The Twilight Zone

Season 4 Episode 14

Of Late I Think of Cliffordville

Aired Unknown Apr 11, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A bored, wealthy businessman gets a chance to go back in time and start over, armed with all the knowledge he's arsenal that's not as powerful as he thinks.

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  • flawed

    Only complaint is the ending-it would have been more Twilight Zone if its Heatcate who goes to the elevator and goes down to Miss Devlin and the process starts all over again.
  • @meathed704 - Really??

    Meathead704's review makes it's points. But are you seriously telling us that the entire episode is "not worth our time" just because of some dialogue and and bad makeup? Get a grip, man!!
  • Cool episode, good ending!

    This episode really had it all! A great beggining, a wonderful and rising action middle, and a twist upon a twist in the end! The acting was really done well! This epsiode could not have been better if they tried! The devil plays a very good role in this episode, and feathersmiths life will be changed forever after this, since he ends up with a completly different life at the end that at the start. He gets taught a life lesson very well. The 1910 town is also done very well! Good episode for this show! Yay yay ya ya! Go!moreless
  • Wealthy and ruthless buisness tycoon William Feathersmith has run out of things to acquire and consolidate and is now bored with his life. One night he gets a chance to go back in time to his hometown and start all over. However, it won't be so easy.moreless

    This episode does have a very good premise to it. However, that's the only nice thing I can say about it. The episode has way too many problems for it to work effectively. The late Albert Salami's performance here is way too overblown to be believed and his make-up job as the old man is not well done (You can see the edge of his bald plate on his forehead.) Much of the dialouge sounds hopelessly contrived. Like many episodes of the fourth season, the hour long running time is a liability. This episode is defintely not worth your time.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Although it's supposed to be midnight, when a shot is shown of the bell tower with the ringing bell, you can see a fairly light sky through and against it and the tree in front of it.

    • If you look carefully (especially using zoom on your DVD player), you can see the outline of the skincap on the primary actor's head.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Witness a murder. The killer is Mr. William Feathersmith, a robber baron whose body composition is made up of a refrigeration plant covered by thick skin. In a moment Mr. Feathersmith will proceed on his daily course of conquest and calumny with yet another business dealing. But this one will be one of those bizarre transactions that take place in an odd marketplace known as the Twilight Zone.

    • (attempting to introduce some "new inventions," without letting anybody know he cannot recall their workings specifically enough to draw blueprints.)
      Feathersmith: ...Something that'll turn this two-bit tool shed into a factory: a self-starter. What do you mean, enlarge on it? It's a thing you press with your foot that starts an engine with an electric motor. What is it used for...!? It's used to make $200 million, that's what it's used for...!! Listen, are you all there!!? It's a storage battery, a motor, and a do-hickey that starts the motor! I've given you the principle; now all you have to do is build it...! Now look, I am not a crummy draftsman or a two-bit blueprint boy; I am a promoter, a financier. I'm gonna give you the backing; I've already given you the principle; so all you have to do is build it...!! There's everything under the sun, and you sit around fixing tricycle pedals! There's radio, aluminum, airplanes... You foggy-headed carriage builders! We could have made ourselves $48 billion dollars!!

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Mr. William J. Feathersmith, tycoon, who tried the track one more time and found it muddier than he remembered--proving with at least a degree of conclusiveness that nice guys don't always finish last, and some people should quit when they're ahead. Tonight's tale of iron men and irony, delivered f.o.b. from the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode is based on the short story "Blind Alley" by Malcolm Jameson. The story was first published in Unknown Worlds (June, 1943).

    • This episode, as with all in Season 4, is an hour in running time. All episodes in Season 1-3 & 5 were only 30 minutes.