Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 24

Long Live Walter Jameson (18 Mar. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" Long Live Walter Jameson (original title)

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A father forbids a history professor from marrying his daughter when he discovers that the captivating lecturer is actually an immortal who has lived for thousands of years.

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A father forbids a history professor from marrying his daughter when he discovers that the captivating lecturer is actually an immortal who has lived for thousands of years.

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Actor Kevin McCarthy occasionally cited his performance in this episode - playing a character who was immortal - as seemingly having come true in his own life, as he remained in good health and continued to act while outliving most of his family and colleagues as he approached the age of 100. McCarthy died September 11, 2010 at the age of 96, having earned an acting credit as late as the year he died, more than 50 years after this episode was produced. See more »

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When Walter is reading the diary of the Civil War soldier at the beginning of the program, he reads an entry from "Tuesday, September 11, 1864." September 11, 1864 was a Sunday. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] You're looking at Act One, Scene One, of a nightmare, one not restricted to witching hours of dark, rainswept nights. Professor Walter Jameson, popular beyond words, who talks of the past as if it were the present, who conjures up the dead as if they were alive.
Narrator: [continued opening narration after character dialogue] In the view of this man, Professor Samuel Kittridge, Walter Jameson has access to knowledge that couldn't come out of a volume of history, but rather from a book ...
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Old enough to have known Plato
31 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Kevin McCarthy takes us into The Twilight Zone in this episode about a popular history professor who gives some really vivid lectures. As the episode opens his colleague and potential father-in-law Edgar Stehli listens in on his lecture on the Civil War reading some original source material from the diary of someone on William T. Sherman's staff during the siege of Atlanta.

How did he get in possession of the diary. Easy enough, he was there and he wrote it. In fact as he puts it he's old enough to have known Plato personally. Stehli is stunned by the revelation, about how he got to be that age. But he knows one thing, he can't marry his daughter Dody Heath.

The question is settled when someone from out of McCarthy's past played by Estelle Winwood settles the issue.

This is a favorite Twilight Zone episode of mine with McCarthy and Stehli giving great matched performances.


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