Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 5

Mute (31 Jan. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" Mute (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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The orphaned daughter of telepathic parents must learn to speak and deal with a world she cannot communicate in.

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Barbara Baxley ...
Cora Wheeler
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Harry Wheeler
Irene Dailey ...
Miss Frank
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Ilse (as Ann Jilliann)
Éva Szörényi ...
Frau Werner (as Eva Soreny)
Robert Boon ...
Holger Nielsen
Claudia Bryar ...
Frau Nielsen
Percy Helton ...
Tom Poulter
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
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Sometime after World War II, a small group of people make a pact to develop their telepathic abilities as a means of communicating, foregoing any type of oral communication. One couple, the Nielsens, announce that they are migrating to a small town in the USA, German Corners, Pa. After a tragic fire at their house 10 years later, Sheriff Harry Wheeler and his wife Cora take in the only survivor, the now orphaned Ilsa Nielsen. The young girl has never learned to speak, always using telepathy to communicate with her parents. They don't quite understand why Ilsa won't speak to them and Cora sees her as a replacement for the daughter she lost in an accident some years ago. When they enroll Ilsa in school, her teacher is determined to make her act like all the other children. Written by garykmcd

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This episode takes place in Düsseldorf, West Germany in 1953 and German Corners, Pennsylvania from August to November 1963. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] It has been noted in a book of proven wisdom that perfect love casteth out fear. While it's unlikely that this observation was meant to include that specific fear which follows the loss of extrasensory perception, the principle remains, as always, beautifully intact. Case in point, that of Isle Nielsen, former resident of The Twilight Zone.
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About love?
1 February 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I think this story is about the essential need for love and the moral need to act for the good of the child. Little Ilse (Ann Jillian) is born to parents belonging to a weird society that wants to further telepathy, partly by keeping children mute. Her parents die in a house fire and the couple who look after her become very emotionally involved.

Cora (Barbara Baxter) is a bit psychologically fragile and very clingy to Ilse, probably because she had a daughter who died. Baxter plays the part well, never trying to make Cora saintly or plain selfish. All the adults seem to have their own agenda, so its hard most of the time to know what to wish for Ilse.

I think its about love-either that or Richard Matheson wrote it to drive us all bloody mad. Decent, watchable TV drama but not what I really feel TZ should be.


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