The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Stop at Willoughby 

Tired of his miserable job and wife, a businessman starts dreaming on the train each night, about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby. Soon he has to know whether the town is real and fancies the thought of seeking refuge there.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Gart Williams
Janie Williams
1960 Conductor
Mavis Neal Palmer ...
Helen (as Mavis Neal)
James Maloney ...
1888 Conductor


Ad agency executive Garth Williams has had a particularly rough day - his young protégé has left to work at another agency and took a $3 million account him. He falls asleep on the train home and wakes up in another place and another time. It's July 1888 and he's in the village of Willoughby, a peaceful town where life is easy. He comes to back in his own time but as the pressures of works and his home life continue to mount, he decides Willoughby is exactly where he would like to spend the rest of days. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

6 May 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original draft of this story was considered for the pilot episode of the series but eventually rejected. It was later rewritten for this end of season one episode. See more »


Just before Gart Williams enters the restroom, the office assistant tells him his boss wants to talk to him. He uses the phone and hangs the receiver up backwards (cord across the dial). When he returns to the desk, after breaking the mirror, the receiver is hung up correctly. See more »


Janie Williams: And just where would you be if it weren't for my appetite?
Gart Williams: I know where I'd like to be.
Janie Williams: Where's that?
Gart Williams: A place called Willoughby, a little town I manufactured in a dream.
Janie Williams: Tell me about your dream, Gart.
Gart Williams: It was an odd dream. Very odd dream. Willoughby. It was summer, very warm. Kids were barefooted. One of them had a fishing pole. It all looked like a Currier and Ives painting. Bandstand, bicycles, wagons. I've never seen such serenity. It was the way people must have lived a hundred years ago. ...
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A Great Conclusion
3 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I could just feel for this guy. The fifties ad agency where everyone is expected to spend every waking hour working, trying to come up with some insipid slogan or campaign. The bosses yell, the wives demand, the pressure builds. I have to say that this episode makes me tired. That poor man, doing something for which he is not cut out. And the wife, who in the fifties would have expected to be treated to everything in life. Her price: Marrying him. Anyway, somewhere exists this dreamland, this Willoughby, where things are calm and gentle and there is a band playing. Where stress is not a part of the picture. And we can see that this is still something we long for. But where is it? And why is it always summer. Well, if you're a Twilight Zone fan, you know where Willoughby is.

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