The Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 22

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (28 Feb. 1964)

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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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Rod Serling was getting ready to take his end-of-season break, with all but one of the shows for the fifth season already filmed or in production, when he decided to leave early and go to a French film festival. There he saw Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) and immediately hunted down the producers with an offer to buy it for a one-time showing for American TV. Serling reportedly picked it up for $10,000 and flew straight back to Los Angeles, filming a new intro the moment he got to the studio and plugging the show into that same week's time slot. Not only did Serling get what was considered a classic, he also saved nearly $100,000 in production costs and brought the season's worth of shows in on budget. This prompted ABC-TV to offer to pick up The Twilight Zone (1959) for another season. Serling said no to the deal when his discussions over the content of the new season made it appear he would be "going to the graveyard" for each show, doing Gothic horror shows. (ABC did want that, and eventually would pick up Dark Shadows (1966), which fit the bill, in daytime.) 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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Good short film but not Twilight Zone.
2 February 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

There are several reasons why I am just not enthusiastic about this film. It is not made by the makers of 'The Twilight Zone' and was shown as a presentation to save money. It is based on a story by Ambrose Bierce , while for me TZ is about original or fairly recent stories. It is yet another execution story and there was already too many of those ('Shadow Play', 'Execution', 'Dust', 'I Am The Night Colour Me Black' and others I wont name because it occurs late in the story).

The film itself from France is very well made and has a deeply sensitive performance from the lead actor. The heightened sense of nature is impressive and the underwater sequence is first rate. A masterclass in how to make a good film based on a classic tale.

So don't mind me as I would rather TZ had stuck to making original teleplays even if a B-movie star turns out to be a leprechaun.

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