Category: Z-View

Z-View Twilight Zone: “A Penny for Your Thoughts” [Season 2, Episode 16]

Twilight Zone: “A Penny for Your Thoughts” [Season 2, Episode 16]
Original Air Date: February 3, 1961

Director: James Sheldon

Writer: George Clayton Johnson

Starring: Dick York and June Daytona.

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…

When a timid bank teller [York] gains the ability to read other people’s minds, he is able to see that many are not as they seems.

 

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Invaders” [Season 2, Episode 15]

Twilight Zone: “The Invaders” [Season 2, Episode 15]
Original Air Date: January 27, 1961

Director: Douglas Heyes

Writer: Richard Matheson

Starring: Agnes Morrehead.

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…

An old woman who lives alone in a rural shack with no modern conveniences finds herself under attack when small visitors from another planet land on her roof.

Contains one of the best Twilight Zone twist endings of all.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Whole Truth” [Season 2, Episode 14]

Twilight Zone: “The Whole Truth” [Season 2, Episode 14]
Original Air Date: January 20, 1961

Director: James Sheldon

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Jack Carson.

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers

Harvey Hunnicutt [Carson] is all that the worst used car salesmen are said to be.  He stretches the truth and only cares about making the sale.  All of that changes when Hunnicut buys a used car for resale that compels him to tell the truth in all situations.

A nice change of pace that is under-rated.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “Back There” [Season 2, Episode 13]

Twilight Zone: “Back There” [Season 2, Episode 13]
Original Air Date: January 13, 1961

Director: David Orrick McDearmon

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Russell Johnson and Paul Hartman.

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…

Pete Corrigan [Russell Johnson of Gilligan’s Island fame] spends the evening debating the possibility of time travel to the past to change events.  When he walks outside that evening Corrigan finds himself transported back in time to the evening that President Lincoln was assassinated.  With little time to spare, can Corrigan change history?

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “Dust” [Season 2, Episode 12]

Twilight Zone: “Dust” [Season 2, Episode 12]
Original Air Date: January 6, 1961

Director: Douglas Heyes

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Thomas Gomez, John Larch and Vladimir Sokoloff.

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers

Gallegos’ son is scheduled to be hanged for the accidental death of child. Gallegos begs the Marshall for mercy, but unless the dead child’s parents give consent to stop, the hanging must go on.

An unscrupulous traveling salesman offers to sell Gallegos magic dust which has the power to grant his wish.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Night of the Meek” [Season 2, Episode 11]

Twilight Zone: “The Night of the Meek” [Season 2, Episode 11]
Original Air Date: December 23, 1960

Director: Jack Smight

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Art Carney and John Fiedler.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Henry Corwin [Carney] is an alcoholic who gets seasonal work playing Santa at a department store.  When Corwin shows up late to work and under the influence he is fired.  Corwin thinks about all of the children he has let down and how he wishes he were the real Santa and could give out presents to all.  Sometimes wishes do come true…

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “A Most Unusual Camera” [Season 2, Episode 10]

Twilight Zone: “A Most Unusual Camera” [Season 2, Episode 10]
Original Air Date: December 16, 1960

Director: John Rich

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Fred Clark, Jean Carson and Adam Williams.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When a husband and wife team who are small time hustlers get their hands on a camera that takes photos that are five minutes in the future, they head to the race track to get rich. All is good until the brother-in-law shows up.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Trouble with Templeton” [Season 2, Episode 9]

Twilight Zone: “The Trouble with Templeton” [Season 2, Episode 9]
Original Air Date: December 9, 1960

Director: Buzz Kulik

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Brian Aherne, Pippa Scott and Sydney Pollack.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Booth Templeton [Aherne] is an aging actor nostalgic for the good old days when he was the toast of the town and his wife was still alive.  Sadly, when Templeton gets a chance to visit the past he finds things are not as he remembered them.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Lateness of the Hour” [Season 2, Episode 8]

Twilight Zone: “The Lateness of the Hour” [Season 2, Episode 8]
Original Air Date: December 2, 1960

Director: Jack Smight

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Inger Stevens and John Hoyt.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Jana Loren [Stevens] has grown up surrounded by servants.  Her father is an inventor and the servants are robots designed to meet all of the family’s needs.  Jana desires more freedom and wants her parents to get rid of the robots… which of course is a path she shouldn’t go down since she is in The Twilight Zone.
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Z-View Twilight Zone: “Nick of Time” [Season 2, Episode 7]

Twilight Zone: “Nick of Time” [Season 2, Episode 7]
Original Air Date: November 18, 1960

Director: Richard L. Bare

Writer: Richard Matheson

Starring: William Shatner and Patricia Breslin.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

While driving through a small town heading for their honeymoon, Don [Shatner] and Pat [Breslin] Carter’s car breaks down.  The mechanic says it will take a few hours to repair, so the newlyweds head into a small cafe for lunch and to pass the time.

Don is nervous to hear about a possible promotion but is afraid to call his boss.  There’s a little penny fortune-telling machine at their table, so Don jokingly puts in a penny to get the answer.  When it appear that the machine got the answer correctly, Don asks more and more questions and the machine answers with startling accuracy… or does it?

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “Eye of the Beholder” [Season 2, Episode 6]

Twilight Zone: “Eye of the Beholder” [Season 2, Episode 6]
Original Air Date: November 11, 1960

Director: Douglas Hayes

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Maxine Stuart, William D. Gordon, George Keymas, Edson Stroll and Donna Douglas.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Janet Tyler [Stuart] is lying in her hospital bed, her head and face totally covered by bandages.  Tyler nervously waits for her doctor to remove the bandages hoping that her latest (and last) surgery will make her look normal.

Sadly Tyler is hideously ugly and lives in a society where the less desirables are sent away.  As the bandages are removed her worst fears are revealed.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Howling Man” [Season 2, Episode 5]

Twilight Zone: “The Howling Man” [Season 2, Episode 5]
Original Air Date: November 4, 1960

Director: Douglas Hayes

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring: John Carradine, H.M. Wynant and Robin Hughes.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

David Ellington [Wynant] while on a long hike alone in the woods in Europe becomes ill.  Ellington stumbles across a monastery.  Initially told he cannot stay, Brother Jerome [Carradine] allows him to stay until he is well enough to travel.

While recuperating, Ellington hears a man howling in pain.  The screams lead to a cell where a man is being held prisoner.  Before Ellington can release him, Brother Jerome arrives and explains that the thing in the cell is not a man, but the devil!

How could the devil be held in a cell?  Are the monks insane?  If so, Ellington is in danger as well.  Isn’t his duty to help the man escape?  These are the thoughts that race through Ellington’s mind before he makes a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “A Thing About Machines” [Season 2, Episode 4]

Twilight Zone: “A Thing About Machines” [Season 2, Episode 4]
Original Air Date: October 28, 1960

Director: David Orrick McDearmon

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Richard Hayden and Barney Phillips.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Bartlett Finchley is a bit of an eccentric.  He’s a writer who lives alone in a large house and always seems in a battle of will with all of the machines in his house… the tv, his electric razor, his typwriter, well, you get the idea.  Finally things reach the point of no return and the war is on.

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” [Season 2, Episode 3]

Twilight Zone: “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” [Season 2, Episode 3]
Original Air Date: October 14, 1960

Director: Douglas Hayes

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Joe Mantell and William D. Gordon.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Jackie Rhoades [Mantell] is a cheap hood nervously waiting in a flop house hotel room for his next job. His boss [Gordon] shows up with the job — to murder a bar owner refusing to pay his debts.

Rhoades argues that he’s not a killer, but the boss gives him no choice and leaves.  Rhoades begins to talk to himself in the mirror looking for a way out… suddenly his reflection begins to talk back to him and may have an idea!

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Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Man in the Bottle” [Season 2, Episode 2]

Twilight Zone: “The Man in the Bottle” [Season 2, Episode 2]
Original Air Date: October 7, 1960

Director: Don Medford

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Luther Adler, Vivi Janiss and Joseph Ruskin.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Arthur [Medford] and Edna [Janiss] run a small secondhand store that is barely making it.  Despite their money troubles, Arthur’s kind heart causes him to buy an empty wine bottle from an old lady in need of a few dollars.

The bottle turns out to contain a genie that when released offers Arthur and Edna four wishes.  When in the Twilight Zone always remember to be careful what you wish for.

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