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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Won the 1962 Golden Palm (Palme d'Or) for best short subject at the Cannes Film Festival. 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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Watch it with no background info - wow!
14 December 2015 | by (The Undertow) – See all my reviews

During the American civil war a man teeters on the end of a plank over a river gorge with a rope round his neck - to be summarily hanged for interfering with the railway. When the plank is released he plunges ... and fate intervenes.

Gorgeous looking story with exquisite music. The soldiers and the hangman's preparations are fascinating, and the flight from death into the arms of ... Well, it's exciting and the end is effective. No dialogue.

The version I saw was on youtube, called An Occurrence, so I knew nothing until the title and author came up in the opening credits. I couldn't figure out the production date, and was totally intrigued by the quality of staging and camera. There seems to have been a TV VO at the end, but this was cut off.

It's a very impressive piece of story telling, and now IMDb reviewers tell me it was made in ... France, aired in 1964, as part of the Twilight Zone series. And won an Oscar and Palme d'or!

ps. Just realised the original had dialogue with French accents. And I guess the aspect ratio was cropped for TV. So my rating is just for the youtube version. D'oh.

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