The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 16

The Hitch-Hiker

5
Aired Unknown Jan 22, 1960 on CBS

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  • Quotes

    • Hitch-hiker: I believe you're going...my way?

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Nan Adams, age twenty-seven. She was driving to California, to Los Angeles. She didn't make it. There was a detour through the Twilight Zone.

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Her name is Nan Adams. She's twenty-seven years old. Her occupation: buyer at a New York department store, at present on vacation, driving cross-country to Los Angeles, California, from Manhattan. Minor incident on Highway 11 in Pennsylvania, perhaps to be filed away under accidents you walk away from. But from this moment on, Nan Adams's companion on a trip to California will be terror; her route - fear; her destination - quite unknown.

  • Notes

    • Inger Stevens' character, "Nan", was named after Rod Serling's daughter. In the original radio play, the character's name was "Ronald Adams."

    • The episode's origins as a radio play are clearly evident - Inger Stevens provides voiceover narration during large portions of the show.

    • The story was originally written with the main character being a man but Rod Serling thought that a woman would garner more sympathy from the public.

    • Included on volume 7 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.

    • This episode is based on "The Hitch-Hiker" by Lucille Fletcher. "The Hitch-Hiker" originally was performed for radio on The Mercury Theatre on the Air on November 17, 1941.

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