Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 18

Black Leather Jackets (31 Jan. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" Black Leather Jackets (original title)

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Three leather jacket wearing, motorcycle riding men invade a peaceful neighborhood.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lee Kinsolving ...
Ellen Tillman (as Shelly Fabares)
Stu Tillman
Tom Gilleran ...
Michael Conrad ...
Deputy Sheriff Harper
Irene Hervey ...
Martha Tillman


Three leather-clad motorcycle-riding you men arrive in a small town where they rent a house on a quiet residential street. The neighbors aren't too sure about them but they are certainly exotic, certainly in the eyes of young Ellen Tillman. The three men leave the house unfurnished and move in with several large crates. As Ellen and her father interact it becomes clear they are something very special indeed. Ellen and Scott begin spending time together while the two others continue with their plans. Written by garykmcd

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31 January 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[closing narration]
Narrator: Portrait of an American family on the eve of invasion from outer space. Of course, we know it's merely fiction - and yet , think twice when you drink your next glass of water. Find out if it's from your local reservoir, or possibly it came direct to you... from the Twilight Zone.
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'They're a stupid race (humanity)'.
18 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Not great. Three aliens ride around on motorcycles and they're up to no good from an Earthling point of view. Matters are complicated by one of them finding star-crossed love.

Perhaps best taken as an allegory about the ignorance and harmfulness of racism for the way that the arrogant aliens despise humanity. It is however, an unusually weak story from Earl Hamner Jr.

The 'normal' Tillman family get involved with this unholy three. We are first shown the aliens mighty power when Stu Tillman (Denver Pyle) is made to walk into a wall and a door closes by itself (modest special effects). Ellen Tillman (Shelley Fabares) starts falling for one of the bad boys and the other two report the problem to the leader of the pack (an eye on a monitor).

The story seems to be just getting going when suddenly it comes to a weak conclusion. This is followed by an even weaker closing narration by Rod Serling.

Earl Hamner's excellent work for the Zone includes 'Ring-A-Ding Girl', 'Stopover In A Quiet Town' and 'A Piano In The House'.

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