The Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 18

Black Leather Jackets (31 Jan. 1964)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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 ...
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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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In "The Twilight Zone Companion" (1983), Marc Scott Zicree described this episode as "It Came from Outer Space (1953) meets The Wild One (1953)." See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Three strangers arrive in a small town, three men in black leather jackets in an empty rented house. We'll call them Steve, Scott, and Fred, but their names are not important; their mission, as three men on motorcycles, lead us in the Twilight Zone.
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Although dougdoepke got a lot of "not helpfuls", he's right!!
29 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a god-awful episode of The Twilight Zone about a group of bikers from Mars or Uranus or someplace off world. None of it makes any sense and it is way beyond badly written and preachy.

I noticed that although so far only one person has bothered to review this very bad episode of The Twilight Zone, dougdoepke has taken a lot of abuse for his revealing that this is a bad episode. The fact that so many have ganged up on him is not at all surprising, as I, too, have gotten a huge number of "not helpful" because I have criticized some of the episodes of the show. Now this does NOT mean that I hate the series--in fact, at times, it was brilliant. However, I am realistic enough to admit that some episodes were great, some were terrible and there were a bunch in the middle--this is true even of some of the best TV shows. But a group of "I sold my soul to The Twilight Zone" zombies are out there and they insist that every episode is pure gold. And, as they are card-carrying cult members, they MUST attack anyone who is not infatuated with every single episode PLUS attack anyone who has a child who is not named Rod!! Take the implants out of your neck and admit that the show was great but not infallible!!

Take care dougdoepke--I, too, got savaged when I had the nerve to say that THE NIGHT OF THE MEEK was a bad episode of an otherwise excellent series!!

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