Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 22

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

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A toy telephone becomes the link between a young boy and his dead grandmother.

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Philip Abbott ...
Chris Bayles
Lili Darvas ...
Grandma Bayles
Patricia Smith ...
Sylvia Bayles
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Billy Bayles (as Billy Mumy)
Jenny Maxwell ...
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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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The last of six episodes of Twilight Zone (1959) to be videotaped. See more »

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Narrator: A toy telephone, an act of faith, a set of improbable circumstances, all combine to probe a mystery, to fathom a depth, to send a facet of light into a dark after-region, to be believed or disbelieved, depending on your frame of reference. A fact or a fantasy, a substance or a shadow - but all of it very much a part of The Twilight Zone.
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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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