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"Twilight Zone" (1959) More at IMDbPro »"The Twilight Zone" (original title), TV series 1959-1964

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Twilight Zone: :  -- A reporter interviews a Hollywood movie queen who has a secret to her eternal beauty.
Twilight Zone: :  -- A man makes a time travel to his childhood, when he's just a few miles away from his native town.
Twilight Zone: Season 5: Episode 36 -- Two children escape their bickering parents through a portal in the bottom of their swimming pool to a magical land watched over by a kindly old woman the children call Aunt T.
Twilight Zone: Season 5: Episode 35 -- Charlotte Scott and policeman Robert Franklin seem to be stalked by giants.
Twilight Zone: Season 5: Episode 34 -- Singer Floyd Burney searches the backwoods for new songs and finds Mary Rachel and much more deep in the Twilight Zone.


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2 October 1959 (USA) See more »
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.
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Rod Serling ... Narrator / ... (156 episodes, 1959-1964)

Series Directed by
John Brahm (12 episodes, 1959-1964)
Douglas Heyes (9 episodes, 1959-1961)
Buzz Kulik (9 episodes, 1960-1963)
Lamont Johnson (8 episodes, 1961-1963)
Richard L. Bare (7 episodes, 1960-1964)
James Sheldon (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard Donner (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
Don Medford (5 episodes, 1960-1963)
Montgomery Pittman (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jack Smight (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Alvin Ganzer (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ted Post (4 episodes, 1960-1964)
William F. Claxton (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
Elliot Silverstein (4 episodes, 1961-1964)
Abner Biberman (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Joseph M. Newman (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Alan Crosland Jr. (4 episodes, 1963)
Robert Florey (3 episodes, 1959-1964)
Mitchell Leisen (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Robert Parrish (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ron Winston (3 episodes, 1960-1964)
Stuart Rosenberg (3 episodes, 1960-1963)
David Orrick McDearmon (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jus Addiss (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
Perry Lafferty (3 episodes, 1963)
Robert Stevens (2 episodes, 1959)
John Rich (2 episodes, 1960-1963)
Anton Leader (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Boris Sagal (2 episodes, 1961)
Christian Nyby (2 episodes, 1962)
Don Siegel (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert Butler (2 episodes, 1964)
Series Writing credits
Rod Serling (156 episodes, 1959-1964)
Charles Beaumont (22 episodes, 1959-1964)
Richard Matheson (16 episodes, 1959-1964)
Earl Hamner Jr. (8 episodes, 1962-1964)
George Clayton Johnson (7 episodes, 1960-1963)
Montgomery Pittman (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jerry Sohl (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Oceo Ritch (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frederick Louis Fox (2 episodes, 1962)
Henry Slesar (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Martin Goldsmith (2 episodes, 1964)

Series Produced by
Buck Houghton .... producer (102 episodes, 1959-1962)
Rod Serling .... executive producer: Cayuga Productions (36 episodes, 1959-1960)
Del Reisman .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1960-1961)
William Froug .... producer (22 episodes, 1963-1964)
Bert Granet .... producer (18 episodes, 1963-1964)
Herbert Hirschman .... producer (12 episodes, 1963)
Murray Golden .... associate producer (10 episodes, 1963)
Series Original Music by
Van Cleave (12 episodes, 1959-1964)
Jerry Goldsmith (8 episodes, 1960-1964)
Bernard Herrmann (7 episodes, 1959-1963)
Fred Steiner (7 episodes, 1960-1963)
René Garriguenc (4 episodes, 1960-1964)
Tommy Morgan (3 episodes, 1962-1964)
Jeff Alexander (2 episodes, 1960-1964)
Lucien Moraweck (2 episodes, 1960-1964)
Nathan Scott (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Cinematography by
George T. Clemens (117 episodes, 1959-1964)
Robert Pittack (20 episodes, 1962-1964)
Jack Swain (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Fred Mandl (2 episodes, 1964)
Charles F. Wheeler (2 episodes, 1964)
Series Film Editing by
Bill Mosher (43 episodes, 1959-1962)
Jason H. Bernie (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard V. Heermance (18 episodes, 1963-1964)
Joseph Gluck (15 episodes, 1959-1960)
Thomas Scott (12 episodes, 1963-1964)
Leon Barsha (11 episodes, 1960-1961)
Richard W. Farrell (10 episodes, 1963-1964)
Edward Curtiss (4 episodes, 1963)
Eda Warren (4 episodes, 1963)
Everett Dodd (3 episodes, 1963)
Fred Maguire (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Al Clark (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Casting by
Patricia Mock (25 episodes, 1963-1964)
Millie Gusse (24 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ethel Winant (21 episodes, 1960-1961)
Larry Stewart (10 episodes, 1964)
Robert Walker (9 episodes, 1962)
Series Art Direction by
George W. Davis (148 episodes, 1959-1964)
Philip Barber (51 episodes, 1960-1962)
William Ferrari (26 episodes, 1959-1963)
Merrill Pye (20 episodes, 1960-1962)
Walter Holscher (13 episodes, 1963-1964)
Malcolm Brown (12 episodes, 1963-1964)
Eddie Imazu (10 episodes, 1964)
Edward C. Carfagno (7 episodes, 1963)
Paul Groesse (5 episodes, 1963)
John J. Thompson (4 episodes, 1963)
William Craig Smith (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Robert Tyler Lee (3 episodes, 1961)
Series Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (116 episodes, 1959-1964)
H. Web Arrowsmith (49 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert R. Benton (25 episodes, 1963-1964)
Rudy Butler (21 episodes, 1959-1960)
F. Keogh Gleason (20 episodes, 1960-1962)
Frank R. McKelvy (13 episodes, 1963-1964)
Don Greenwood Jr. (8 episodes, 1963)
Edward M. Parker (5 episodes, 1963)
Jerry Wunderlich (3 episodes, 1960-1964)
Arthur Jeph Parker (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Buck Henshaw (3 episodes, 1961)
Budd Friend (2 episodes, 1960)
George R. Nelson (2 episodes, 1962)
Series Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist / makeup designer / ... (12 episodes, 1960-1964)
Series Production Management
Ralph W. Nelson .... production manager (139 episodes, 1959-1964)
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... production manager (7 episodes, 1960-1961)
Sidney S. Van Keuren .... production manager (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... assistant director (53 episodes, 1960-1962)
Edward O. Denault .... assistant director (25 episodes, 1959-1960)
Charles Bonniwell .... assistant director (25 episodes, 1963-1964)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1963-1964)
Marty Moss .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1964)
Donald C. Klune .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1960)
John D. Bloss .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1963)
Ray DeCamp .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1963)
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Kurt Neumann .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960)
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... sound (148 episodes, 1959-1964)
Bill Edmondson .... sound (44 episodes, 1961-1962)
Joe Edmondson .... sound (40 episodes, 1963-1964)
Van Allen James .... sound effects editor (36 episodes, 1959-1960)
Philip Mitchell .... sound (27 episodes, 1959-1964)
Jean G. Valentino .... sound (21 episodes, 1959-1960)
Charles Scheid .... sound (16 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James V. King .... camera operator (54 episodes, 1963-1964)
Tom Schamp .... lighting director (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Casting Department
Ethel Winant .... casting (1 episode, 1961)
Series Editorial Department
Scott Lawson .... colorist (156 episodes, 1959-1964)
Series Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... composer: theme music / conductor / ... (23 episodes, 1959-1963)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor / composer: stock music / ... (8 episodes, 1959-1961)
Van Cleave .... conductor (8 episodes, 1961-1964)
Fred Steiner .... conductor (7 episodes, 1960-1963)
René Garriguenc .... composer: stock music / stock music cues (6 episodes, 1959-1961)
Lud Gluskin .... conductor (6 episodes, 1960-1964)
Lucien Moraweck .... composer: stock music (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jeff Alexander .... conductor (2 episodes, 1960-1964)
Tommy Morgan .... conductor / music playing (2 episodes, 1962-1964)
Series Other crew
Herbert Klynn .... title designer (36 episodes, 1959-1960)
Richard P. McDonagh .... story consultant (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Conwell .... assistant to producer (18 episodes, 1963)
Jim Brady .... technical director (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
James B. Clark .... associate director (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven (2 episodes, 1960-1961)

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Also Known As:
"The Twilight Zone" - USA (original title)
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51 min (18 episodes) (season 4) | 25 min (138 episodes) (season 1-3 and season 5)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | USA:TV-PG

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Rod Serling invited any viewers to submit a script. He was flooded with over 14,000 scripts, and he actually got around to reading 500 of them. But only two were any good, and he couldn't use them because they didn't fit the format of the show.See more »
[Opening narration (season 1)]
Narrator:There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The Shelter, 7 July 2010
Author: dataconflossmoor-719-601928 from United States

How much do we really know about our next door neighbors? The pleasant facade they masquerade around becomes a stilted and decorative shield for them when their prevailing circumstances are totally cop aesthetic. What happens though, when adversity besieges, and the obligatory veneer is stripped away? The affable camaraderie of your friendly neighborhood kindred spirit, (otherwise known as your neighbor) becomes abruptly, and instantaneously obviated with these circumstances, and now, your neighbor is now a vulgar,venomous, vile, gut-wrenching, self-absorbed- for- survival- mode, monstrous parasite! This episode "The Shelter" is unequivocally,one of the best "Twilight Zone" segments out of the entire series! While it is compared to "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street", I felt that "The Shelter" was a great deal more compelling. The intensity of the characters' excoriation was extremely gripping with the episode. As opposed to "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street" where the people extracted a little too much exaggerated paranoia. The cast was very well put together, including Jack Albertson and Larry Gates. (Gates played a doctor, and was down in the basement in the "Twilight Zone's" "The Shelter", just like he was in the movie "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" ). "The Shelter" possesses a vitriolic contempt with which these threatened individuals harbored! This enmity is far more of a lethal arsenal than any defense weapon around. How much do we hate? What exactly is it that we are thoroughly willing to do just to stay alive? The desperation, the prejudice, the primal fears, and the scruple less non cooperation we capitulate to at the first sign of terror, becomes a grim scenario that is truly alarming!! This "Twilight Zone" segment "The Shelter" purveys an incredibly desperate acrimony which basically admonishes the entire human race. This false alarm for apocalyptic calamity with this "Twilight Zone" segment has encapsulated an aggregate character assassination for all of these New York suburban misanthropes who became victimized by this precariously macabre situation. You might want to look in the mirror and attempt to reaffirm the distinction between man and beast after watching this "Twilight Zone" episode. I did, and, quite frankly, such a situation that "The Shelter" brought before me, has made it very difficult for me to distinguish any comfortable dichotomy between human beings, and a bloodthirsty wolf pack!! This wry little epigram definitely put me in an frightfully horrid mood, particularly on a philosophical level! Rod Serling hones in on the rudimentary instincts of man, which are for better, or, for worse, Serling accomplishes this parody in a very successful manner too! What is the most significant aspect to Rod Serling's works is the esoteric element to them that transcends the importance of television ratings and popularity! This intriguing quality is one whereby the paradigms in which Rod Serling manifests were stunningly pertinent to the thought patterns of modern twentieth century America! I do not mean that these ideas were remotely similar to Eisenhower era conceptions, I mean that Serling pinpoints many U.S. cold war ideologies with an utterly succinct and identifiable accuracy! Rod Serling had attained such a creative stranglehold on television entertainment with "Twilight Zone" that it almost seemed as though programming approval from CBS President, William Paley, became relegated to the triviality of a tertiary concern! So many "Twilight Zone" segments were fabulous, and I feel that this episode of "Twilight Zone" entitled "The Shelter" was totally outstanding as well!!

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