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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With a stronger ending this could have been first rate.
15 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The foundations of a good episode are established with this ghastly character Crangle (Theodore Bikel) and his sanctimonious crusade against people leading less than saintly lives. He is a hypocrite, telling his landlady 'I mind my own business'. He does harm by anonymous phone calls and letter writing. Crangle's war on immorality is clearly the creepy, slithering nastiness of an obsessed coward who wont play the game and live his own life.

The story continues well throughout in the middle. Crangle's lack of humanity is further underlined when he receives a visit from Mrs Lucas (Phyllis Love) the wife of doctor he intends to expose for being 'imperfect'. This is a strong scene with Mrs Lucas questioning the crazy crusader and him mentioning communists among the 'evil' he targets. Then things get madder when Crangle hits on an idea- from this point the production suffers from a silly conclusion. A pity because there're still good moments as Crangle cherry picks by underlining only the parts he likes of The Gettysburg Address and displays his paranoia. Perhaps the end doesn't have to be taken literally? There could even be a clue with the parrot? Crangle is undeniably mad after all.

One truly far out, mad-bad character. Yet his type gets elected in democracies from time to time. He is sadly all too human.

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