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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Surprisingly sinister !
4 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Expect a nice heart-warming little story about love between a boy and his grandma and you're in for a nasty surprise. This and 'Night Calls' both seem very unlike TZ, more the 'Midnight Zone'. Early on it seems very sad that Grandma Bayles (Lilli Darvas) expects to die soon and does so after giving the birthday gift of a toy phone to little grandson Billy (Bill Mumy). She says that Billy will always be able to talk to her. What transpires is rather creepy.

Lilli Darvas was obviously an actress of some stature. Coming from Hungary (even in the all-American TZ a character like this has to originate from Gothic old Eastern Europe with accent) she starred in a great range of roles on stage working for the legendary German director-producer Max Reinhardt.

Here she goes from making Grandma Bayles seem kind enough (though acting almost oblivious to the boy's parents) to starting to reveal her true motives on her death bed.

Creepy! Not a TZ that I like.


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