Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 21

Kick the Can (9 Feb. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" Kick the Can (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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:
Ernest Truex ...
Russell Collins ...
Sunnyvale Superintendant Cox
Hank Patterson ...
Earle Hodgins ...
Agee (as Earl Hodgins)
Marjorie Bennett ...
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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The title refers to a children's game related to tag, hide and seek, and capture the flag which can be played outdoors, with as many as three to a few dozen players. The game is one of skill, strategy, and stealth as well as fleetness. See more »


Mr. Cox: I'll bet Whitley's taken them all down to the orchard. Come on!
Ben Conroy: Look all you want, Mr. Cox, you won't find them.
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Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »

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Young Again
28 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Ernest Truex plays Charles Whitley, an elderly resident of Sunnyvale Rest Home, where he is unhappy living at. His hopes of living with his son are dashed, so Whitley seems to retreat into a fantasy world where all you have to do is play an old childhood game called Kick the Can in order to be young again. His friend Ben Conroy(played by Russell Collins) thinks he is going senile, but the other residents join in, forcing the Superintendent(played by John Marley) to take drastic action, but it turns out that none will be needed... Fondly remembered episode is no classic, being a bit corny and thin, but it still remains an entertaining entry with a timeless message.

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