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.
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
The train stations called out by the conductor on the 1960 train are real. At the time of the filming, stations such as "Stamford" and "Westport & Saugatuck" were stations on the New Haven Railroad. They continue to exist as of August 2015 as stations on the Metro North Railroad. However, present day maps, station signs and conductors, do not mention Saugatuck in the station name. 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 »
We have now been here thirty-four minutes, Mr. Williams.
This is a communication from Jake Ross.
Would you be so kind as to share its contents with us?
I can give you the sense of it very quickly, Mr. Misrell. This is Jake Ross's resignation. He's moving over to another agency.
And he's taking the automobile account with him.
That account represented a gross billing of something in the neighborhood of three million dollars a year! And how many times have you promised it to me?
This is ...
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James Daly plays a tired and unhappy businessman named Gart Williams who is stuck in a job he hates, working for an obnoxious man he despises. His wife is decent but equally unsatisfied, and obviously regrets marrying him. Gart takes a train to and from work each day, and becomes obsessed with an idyllic town named Willoughby that he has vivid dreams about, and becomes convinced actually exists, and that he is now determined to get too for good... Classic episode much like earlier 'Walking Distance' is even better, with a most believable performance by Daly as a man who yearns for a simpler life that fate denied him, and will risk all to attain. Will resonate more with older viewers for obvious reasons.
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