The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 

During the American Civil War in 1862, a condemned Confederate prisoner, Peyton Farquhar, is due to the hanged by Union troops.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Peyton Farquhar (archive footage)
Anne Cornaly ...
Abby Farquhar (archive footage)
Anker Larsen ...
(archive footage)
Stéphane Fey ...
Union Captain (archive footage) (as Stephane Fey)
Jean-François Zeller ...
(archive footage) (as Jean-Francois Zeller)
Pierre Danny ...
(archive footage)
Louis Adelin ...
(archive footage)


During the American Civil War, Union troops are about to hang a man, a Southerner, from the Owl Creek bridge. As he goes over the side with the noose around his neck the rope breaks and he manages to unbind his hands and feet. As he swims downstream, he has images of home and his lovely wife. He also manages to evade the troops who are trying to stop him. Just as he reaches his destination however, his true circumstances are revealed. Written by garykmcd

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28 February 1964 (USA)  »

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Rights were purchased to reduce The Twilight Zone (1959) season 5 budget since it was less expensive than producing an original segment. See more »


The Union Soldiers (giving orders on the bridge) and Peyton Farquhar (when he pronounces his wife's name) all speak American English with French accents. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Tonight a presentation so special and unique that, for the first time in the five years we've been presenting The Twilight Zone, we're offering a film shot in France by others. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival of 1962, as well as other international awards, here is a haunting study of the incredible, from the past master of the incredible, Ambrose Bierce. Here is the French production of 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.'
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A re-tread of sorts...
3 October 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Apparently a couple years after this French film was made, it was shown as one of the later episodes of "The Twilight Zone". I assume this was done less as a tribute to this Oscar-winning short and more of an economizing measure.

The film is a short that was made with French actors playing American Civil War soldiers. However, this isn't a terrible problem, as there is no real dialog in the film--just some things being shouted out as a man escapes the hangman's knot. What I find particularly interesting, though, is they would choose to set the film in the US. Sure, I know that the original story by Ambrose Bierce was set then, but it would have been relatively easy for the film makers to change this to France or any other country.

The film consists of a man about to be hung--you assume for espionage. As he's about to die, you see the rope break and the man runs to freedom. Almost all the film shows him running barefoot back to his true love. But, in a final twist, you see that the story isn't exactly what you'd expect it to be.

My only complaint, and it's very minor, is that I might have done the ending slightly differently. But, I don't really want to say more, as it will spoil the film if you haven't seen it.

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