The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 10

The Midnight Sun

13
Aired Unknown Nov 17, 1961 on CBS

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    • Mrs. Bronson: There was a scientist on the radio this morning. He said it will get a lot hotter, more each day, now that we're moving so close to the sun. And that's why we're... That's why we're...
      Narrator: (opening narration) The word Mrs. Bronson is unable to put into the hot, still, sodden air is "doomed," because the people you've just seen have been handed a death sentence. One month ago, the Earth suddenly changed its elliptical orbit and in doing so began to follow a path which, gradually, moment by moment, day by day, took it closer to the sun. And all of man's little devices to stir up the air are now no longer luxuries. They happen to be pitiful and panicky keys to survival. The time is five minutes to twelve, midnight. There is no more darkness. The place is New York City and this is the eve of the end. Because even at midnight, it's high noon, the hottest day in history and you're about to spend it in the Twilight Zone.

    • Norma: Mrs. Bronson, I had such a terrible dream. It was so hot. It was daylight all the time. There was a midnight sun, there was no night at all. Mmmm, isn't it wonderful to have darkness and coolness?
      Mrs. Bronson: (looking at the eternal frozen darkness outside) Yes, my dear: it's wonderful.

    • Norma: Mrs. Bronson, I had such a terrible dream. It was so hot. It was daylight all the time. There was a midnight sun, there was no night at all. Mmmm, isn't it wonderful to have darkness and coolness?
      Mrs. Bronson: (looking at the eternal frozen darkness outside) Yes, my dear: it's wonderful.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: The poles of fear, the extremes of how the Earth might conceivably be doomed. Minor exercise in the care and feeding of a nightmare, respectfully submitted by all the thermometer-watchers in the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • The "melting paintings" effect at the end of the episode was done by painting the pictures in wax on a hotplate and then turning the hot plate on and tilting it.

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