The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 11

Still Valley

Aired Unknown Nov 24, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When the Confederate walks by a young Union soldier holding an American flag, the flag has too many stars on it for the time.

  • Quotes

    • (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

    • This is the only half hour episode to be rerun during season 4.

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Valley Was Still" by Manly Wade Wellman. This story was first published in Weird Tales (August, 1939).

  • Allusions