Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 29

Four O'Clock (6 Apr. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" Four O'Clock (original title)

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A very obsessed man wants to expose evil in the world, investigating people he sees as murderers, subversives, perverts and communists, then attempting to ruin their lives.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Oliver Crangle
Phyllis Love ...
Mrs. Lucas
Linden Chiles ...
Moyna MacGill ...
Mrs. Williams


Oliver Crangle seems to like making other people miserable. He phones a young man's employer to say that the man is a communist. He phone a school board to tell them a teacher is acting inappropriately with his students. He has a long list of people that he wants to tell on. He even arranges a meeting with an FBI agent and tells him that at 4 p.m. all of the nasty people in the world will undergo a transformation. The agent suggests he seek psychiatric treatment but it turns out he's right. Written by garykmcd

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6 April 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The books that Oliver Crangle randomly picks up and pretends to carefully read while avoiding Mrs. Lucas' questions are the September 1961 edition of the Official Airline Guide (OAG) North American flight guide, and US Army Technical Manual TM 9-372, which describes the M2 90mm anti-aircraft cannon. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: At four o'clock, an evil man made his bed and lay in it, a pot called a kettle black, a stone-thrower broke the windows of his glass house. You look for this one under 'F' for fanatic and 'J' for justice - in The Twilight Zone.
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Oliver Crangle
29 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Theodore Bikel stars as Oliver Crangle, a most vindictive, unpleasant man with a huge chip on his shoulder, and a strong desire to persecute and punish all those people he deems to be morally suspect or outright evil. He has many filing cabinets full of information of people that he uses to either get them fired, or harass them with phone calls. He one day hits upon the idea of shrinking all the evil people to about 2 Ft. tall at Four O'clock that day, but doesn't reckon on that depraved wish backfiring on himself... Bikel is quite good here, despite playing a deranged man with little back story. Quite thin and obvious really, but this still remains something of a guilty pleasure, with a most appropriate ending.

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