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



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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

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9 February 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Barry Truex (David Whitley) is the real life son of Ernest Truex (Charles Whitley). See more »


Charles Whitley: [referring to their childhood] You believed in magic then.
Ben Conroy: Me? Magic!
Charles Whitley: Yes, you did! When we walked on different sides of a street lamp you'd say 'bread and butter'. And when your baby teeth came out, you put 'em under the pillow for the tooth fairy. Yeah, you believed in magic.
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One of the Very Best!
16 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For anyone looking for some of the best in television writing and production, this is without question one of the very finest of the Twilight Zone series, or any other series! This was produced when Twilight Zone was in its best period with one of the most insightful and moving scripts by writer George Clayton Johnson.

Watching actor Ernest Truex is pure joy. What a performance! This is one of the DVDs I enjoy watching from time to time. And each time I find new levels of appreciation in Truex's portrayal of a throwaway man who evokes the essence of vitality in life through imagination and creativity. At 73 years old Truex was in top form. In fact Twilight Zone featured many episodes with actors in leading roles who were over 65.

This is truly one of those rare occasions when story, acting, photography, music and sound design combine in making real "magic"—the very theme of this wonderful episode.

With the Baby Boomers emerging into retirement in ever growing numbers, I can easily see "Kick the Can" becoming a popular classic.

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