The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 24

The Rip Van Winkle Caper

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Aired Unknown Apr 21, 1961 on CBS
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Thieves put themselves into suspended animation for 100 years after hiding a million dollars worth of gold bars.

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  • flaws and flaws

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    Flawed and Flawed. well for one thing they didnt follw the orginal story-after the last of them dies the authorities recover the gold and all the remains. BARS OF GOLD too heavy to have been carried. Likewise the silly thinking that sealing a truck for 100 years and it will still run again. {In fact there was an opened vauly after nearly 30-40 years of a car sealed inside--it was just a rustbucket!} Enetrtaining but quite flawed. Besides there was one goof-even if they were suspended 100 years and their age arrested-when thye are revived they would start aging.moreless

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    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Introducing four experts in the questionable art of crime. Mr. Farwell, expert on noxious gases, former professor with a doctorate in both chemistry and physics. Mr. Erbie, expert in mechanical engineering. Mr. Brooks, expert in the use of firearms and other weaponry. And Mr. DeCruz, expert in demolition and various forms of destruction. The time is now and the place is a mountain cave in Death Valley, U.S.A. In just a moment, these four men will utilize the services of a truck placed in cosmoline, loading with a hot heist cooled off by a century of sleep, and then take a drive into the Twilight Zone.

    • Falwell: Why is it, Mr. DeCruz, that greedy men are the most dreamless, the least imaginative, stupid?

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: The last of four Rip Van Winkles who all died precisely the way they lived, chasing an idol across the sand to wind up bleached dry in the hot sun as so much desert flotsam, worthless as the gold bullion they built a shrine to. Tonight's lesson... in the Twilight Zone.

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    • Title

      Referencing the short story by Washington Irving (1819), where the title character sleeps through 20 years and wakes up to find that the American Revolution has occurred and most of what he knew has long since disappeared.

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