An old man living in a rest home thinks he's found the secret of youth in children's games.



, (created by)

Watch Now

With Prime Video



Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode complete credited cast:
Sunnyvale Superintendant Cox
Agee (as Earl Hodgins)
Mrs. Summers
Lenore Shanewise ...
Mrs. Densley
Anne O'Neal ...
Mrs. Wister


Charles Whitley is an elderly resident of Sunnyvale Rest, a home for the aged. It's not a happy place and Charles' hopes of moving in with his son David are dashed when he's told they can't take him in. He wistfully recalls his youth where they played kick the can and didn't have a worry in the world. His close friend Ben Conroy begins to worry him when Charles suggests all you have to do is wish it, and you can be young again. Ben is worried his friend will end up in the loony bin but it's Ben who is in for a surprise. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis





Release Date:

9 February 1962 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Barry Truex (David Whitley) is the real life son of Ernest Truex (Charles Whitley). See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Sunnyvale Rest, a home for the aged - a dying place and a common children's game called kick-the-can, that will shortly become a refuge for a man who knows he will die in this world, if he doesn't escape into - The Twilight Zone.
See more »


Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Kick the Can
14 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Twilight Zone begins in the Sunnyvale Rest Home. Seniors are slowly creaking about, rocking their chairs, sewing, looking on, - perhaps thinking of their younger days.

In contrast, resident Charles Whitley is full of excitement. He thinks he's discovered the secret of youth. Children's games!

Inside the old folks home, Charles can hear the neighborhood kids shouting. They're out playing kick the can. It's an old summer ritual. Charles and the other seniors used to play it this time of year.

Kick the can, tiddlywinks, hide and go seek... Charles wonders if there isn't some magic in these games. We play them as kids. And the moment we stop, we grow old. But maybe, just maybe, if we keep playing them, we can keep the magic working. We can stay young.

Charles's tries to explain his theory to his friend Ben. But Ben has a different view. "Old people need their rest!" he says. Disregarding his cynical friend, Charles goes off to corral the other seniors to play children's games with him.

Quite simply, this is one of the best pieces of television writing I have ever seen. This simple story about youth, mortality, and the basic need to be silly, is for everyone. What a classic this is. If only TV could always be this good. 10 out of 10. Bar none.

34 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
To Serve Man question treeline1
Increase in Spam Threads kr-1959
End of Marathon Sadness crzydude1
Locations repeated in different episodes richspenc
PUSH! PUSH! PUSH! steely3000
Most overused theme in The Twilight Zone darren-oconnor
Discuss Kick the Can (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: