The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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I am the Night - Color Me Black 

The Sun doesn't rise on a small town where an execution is scheduled to take place.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sheriff Charlie Koch
Newspaper Editor Colbey
Deputy Pierce
Reverend Anderson
Eve McVeagh ...
Ella Koch


In a small town, a man by the name of Jagger is about to be executed after being found guilty of murder. The local newspaperman, Colbey, is convinced that Jagger is innocent. He accuses Deputy Pierce of having perjured himself to get a conviction and accuses Sheriff Charlie Koch of just plain laziness in investigating the case. As the morning of his execution arrives, the townsfolk realize that the sun hasn't risen that day. They soon begin to understand the cause of the darkness that surrounds them. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

27 March 1964 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ivan Dixon (Reverend) previously starred in The Twilight Zone: The Big Tall Wish (1960). See more »


As the crowd (located "in the Midwest") gathers at 9 a.m. for the hanging, the announcer on the radio says that it is "9 a.m. Eastern Time." That would make it 8 or 7 a.m. in the Midwest, depending on their time zone.

The definition of the American Midwest includes states and parts of states in the Eastern Time Zone. See more »


Jagger: It's important to get with the majority, isn't it? That's... that's a big thing nowadays, isn't it, Reverend?
Reverend Anderson: That's all there is is the majority. The minority must have died on the cross two thousand years ago.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Too Much Hate
8 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Terry Becker plays a condemned man who was found guilty in a small town of an unpopular murder. The victim was considered a bully and a racist, but this seems to matter little, and as he faces his hanging, becomes a most embittered man. On the morning of the day in question, there is no dawn, only darkness, which seems to be spreading as the day wears on. The execution goes forward, but the angry and hateful residents have long since sealed their doom... Frustrating episode has a fantastic premise ripe for this series, but it all falls short because there is not one person here to root for, as the enveloping darkness doesn't have much dramatic impact, despite the sermonizing. Well intentioned, but a total misfire; a shame.

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