The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 23

A World of Difference (11 Mar. 1960)

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A businessman sitting in his office inexplicably finds that he is on a production set and in a world where he is a movie star. Uninterested in the newfound fame, he fights to get back to his home and family.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Frank Maxwell ...
Marty Fisher
Gail Kobe ...
Peter Walker ...
Susan Dorn ...
Bill Idelson ...
Kelly (as William Idelson)


Arthur Curtis is sitting his office chatting with secretary about plans for his daughter's birthday party and that he and his wife will be flying off for a couple of days of rest and relaxation. Suddenly he hears someone yell "cut" and he realizes he on a movie sound stage. He can't understand what has happened to him. Everyone refers to him as Gerry Reagan, but he insists that he is Arthur Curtis. He runs off but can't find any of the familiar landmarks he knows such as his house or his place of work. He is desperate to return to the world of Arthur Curtis but that window of opportunity may be closing on him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

11 March 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Nora Reagan tries to make Gerry sign the check she spells the last name R A I G A N. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [Opening Narration] You're looking at a tableau of reality, things of substance, of physical material: a desk, a window, a light. These things exist and have dimension. Now this is Arthur Curtis, age thirty-six, who also is real. He has flesh and blood, muscle and mind. But in just a moment we will see how thin a line separates that which we assume to be real with that manufactured inside of a mind.
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All Life is a Stage
29 July 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Man finds his role in a play more real than his life as an actor. 6

Who is Howard Duff? Is he the actor in the play Gerry Reagan, or is he the character in the play Arthur Curtis? He thinks he's Curtis; but the production crew says he's Reagan, and what's worse, he's gone bonkers. Talk about an actor losing himself in a part! Clearly, he's better off as Curtis, without Reagan's shrewish wife who's going to nail him for everything he's got, (Eileen Ryan in a role that's got to give every married man the terminal shudders).

Concept is more interesting than eerie or frightening, especially when Ryan is the scariest part of the episode. Probably, the most interesting feature is the behind-the-scenes look at a sound stage during a movie shoot. I expect many of the technicians and stage hands are actual members of the crew. It's amusing to watch one of them walk across the set and cast a shadow across the Los Angeles skyline! All in all, an entertaining half-hour, but nothing special.

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