Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 22

Long Distance Call (31 Mar. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" Long Distance Call (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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A toy telephone becomes the link between a young boy and his dead grandmother.

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Episode complete credited cast:
Philip Abbott ...
Chris Bayles
Lili Darvas ...
Grandma Bayles
Patricia Smith ...
Sylvia Bayles
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Billy Bayles (as Billy Mumy)
Jenny Maxwell ...
The Baby Sitter
Reid Hammond ...
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Billy Bayles loves his Grandma Bayles and likes the present she's given him, a toy telephone which she says will allow them to communicate forever. Grandma Bayles is ill however and soon dies but Billy claims he can speak to her on their special telephone. When he tells his parents that she wants him to join her, wherever she's gone to, they pay no mind. When he throws himself in front of their neighbor's car however, it all gets deadly serious. Written by garykmcd

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"Billy" played by Bill Mumy has made 3 appearances in The Twilight Zone. This is his first appearance. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: As must be obvious, this is a house hovered over by Mr. Death, an omnipresent player to the third and final act of every life. And it's been said, and probably rightfully so, that what follows this life is one of the unfathomable mysteries, an area of darkness which we, the living, reserve for the dead - or so it is said. For in a moment, a child will try to cross that bridge which separates light and shadow, and, of course, he must take the only known route, that indistinct ...
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Don't Answer The Phone
27 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Bill Mumy plays Billy Sayles, a little boy who has just celebrated his birthday, attended by his parents(Philip Abbott & Patricia Smith) and ailing grandma, whom he loves dearly, and she in turn loves him perhaps too much, because she soon dies, and somehow uses the toy telephone she gave him for a present to communicate with Billy, and seems to be encouraging him to join her on the other side at the earliest opportunity and by any means necessary... Last of the videotaped episodes once again is worse off for it, but the fine acting and frightening, even disturbing premise more than make up for it, resulting in well-remembered episode.


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