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 ...
The Baby Sitter
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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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[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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Referenced in Supernatural: Long-Distance Call (2008) See more »

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More Than Meets the Ear
25 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it first appeared back in the early '60s and it had the entire family riveted to the set. Back in those days, there weren't any doom-ridden voice-overs with the endless (and sometimes pointless) morals that inevitably followed. It was a beautifully thought-out episode with three-dimensional characters and their unexpected interactions, The grandmother who gave her grandson the toy phone was unlikeable to begin with, selfish and completely wrapped up in herself. The father had all the answers, none of them right and the wife was quite upset, of course. I particularly enjoyed the part where she grabs the phone from her son and thinks she might have heard something from the other side... The ending could have benefited from some tidying up, perhaps and something less histrionic but please remember I'm recalling something from a long time back. I haven't seen it since. That's precisely how affecting it was!

Curtis Stotlar


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