The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 11

Still Valley

Aired Unknown Nov 24, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Confederacy scout Sgt. Joseph Paradine finds a town town full of Union soldiers, and an old man who claims he used witchcraft to paralyze them.

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  • flawed as usual

    Unlike this version the orginal story had tow differences-one the scout kills the old wizard man/ and second-when the spell book is burned the "Spell" is broken and the soldiers move again.
  • Tell me about the rabbits, George

    An entertaining, inoffensive little tale based on a short story by the late, great Manly Wade Wellman - and that in itself should serve as a recommendation.

    My only cavil with this adaptation is the observation that both of the scouts, Paradine and Dauger, are pretty useless at their job. They're waiting for Union troops to show up in the town below, so what do they do whilst they wait? They build a fire. Well done, lads. Then, when they hear what sounds like men and materiel moving in, what is their reaction? They leave the cover of the copse wherein they have been concealed and stand in the open on the hill where they could be seen. It's a miracle they didn't decide to "skyline" themselves too. Shortly after, Sergeant Paradine decides that he needs to gain more specific information regarding the enemy forces, so determines to reconnoitre the town. Does he then stay low, skulking from cover to cover? No - he gets on his horse and rides in. All I can say is that it was damn lucky that old Teague had already cast his spell on the Yankees, because they weren't up against much opposition in the form of this pair of galoots. xDmoreless
  • A confederate soldier named Paradine meets an old man who claims to use witchcraft to stop the Yankees from taking over the Civil War.

    Interesting premise but I didn't find this episode to payoff very well and the moral behind is just a little to simple to accept.

    A Confederate soldier and his cowardly friend arrive in a town with Union soldiers. Not intimidated the soldier named Paradine decides to confront them. When he arrives in the town he sees that they aren't moving. He thinks they are sleeping. Then ao old man comes out and tells him that the soldiers can't move because he a book of witchcraft on them. Paradine shrugs of this statement but when he himself is frozen he belives the old man.

    The old man tells him that this book could change the war and that since he is dying he chooses Paradine to use the book. Paradine takes the book back to camp but no one believes him until they see the frozen soldiers. When he sees that a chant must be made for the devil, Paradine and the camp decide to destroy the book and this is where the episode doesn't payoff.

    I didn't buy the fact the soldiers would give up on using the book so easily. Also seeing as how much blood was spilled during the North and South Civil War I would find it highly unlikely that all of them would see the morale behind using the book. The South was in such turmoil at this time, I see one of them trying to use it.

    This is an episode that if they made into an hour might be more interesting especially if the book was stolen from one side to another. Then we have an ending where he would see the death toll on both sides to be so high that the book would then be destroyed. Now that would have been a greater moral message to put out all the deaths of the soldiers in this war rather than ending on a simple morality between the Devil and God. God would not approve at the thousands of deaths in the Civil War.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the confederate walks by a young Union soldier holding an American flag, the flag appears to have too many stars on it for the time.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: The time is 1863, the place the state of Virginia. The event is a mass blood-letting known as the Civil War, a tragic moment in time when a nation was split into two fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation... This is Joseph Paradine, Confederate cavalry, as he heads down toward a small town in the middle of a valley. But very shortly, Joseph Paradine will make contact with the enemy. He will also make contact with an outpost not found on a military map--an outpost called the Twilight Zone.

    • Paradine: Mr. Dauger, I extend my sympathies so long as your yellow eats at your inside. But when it crawls into my bivouac and tries to climb up on my horse, I withdraw my sympathy and give you the back of my hand.

    • Dauger: You going down there alone.
      Paradine:: Just me and this brave horse. For want of anything else.

    • Paradine: What do we call them? "Damn Yankees," don't we, lieutenant? That's the phrase, ain't it. "Damn Yanks." If I read aloud from this book, it'll be the Confederacy that's damned.
      Dauger: It's that book or it's the end.
      Paradine: Then let it be the end. If it must come, let it come. But if this cause it to be buried, then let it be put in hallowed ground.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: On the following morning, Sergeant Paradine and the rest of these men were moved up north to a little town in Pennsylvania, an obscure little place where a battle was brewing, a town called Gettysburg, and this one was fought without the help of the Devil. Small historical note not to be found in any known books, but part of the records in the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (2)