The orphaned daughter of telepathic parents must learn to speak and deal with a world she cannot communicate in.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Miss Frank
Ilse (as Ann Jilliann)
Éva Szörényi ...
Frau Werner (as Eva Soreny)
Robert Boon ...
Holger Nielsen
Frau Nielsen
Tom Poulter
Karl Werner (as Oscar Beregi)


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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31 January 1963 (USA)  »

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At the beginning of the episode it shows not Duesseldorf at Rhein-river. It shows the town of Passau and the Donau-river. Passau is located in Bavaria, the south-east of Germany at the border to Austria. See more »


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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Given the Circumstances Potential Unfulfilled
21 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is about a young girl who becomes the victim of a sad experiment. A group in Germany decide to promote telepathy as the sole means of communication in their children. The little girl is sequestered by her parents in a small town. The worst happens. Her parents/scientists are burned in a fire which she manages to escape. She is taken in by the sheriff and his wife. She cannot speak and this leads to great complications. She doesn't seem able to read or write and can't be coerced to speak. She also comes under the tutelage of an evil teacher, Miss Frank, who bullies her and demeans her. School is a nightmare. Meanwhile, the sheriff's wife, who lost a child to drowning, begins to bond with the little girl. She intercepts the mail her husband tries to send to Europe as he searches for relatives. This is a story about how we can't accept differences. We beat up those who aren't like us. The teacher even says of Ilse, the little girl, we are going to make her "Just like everyone else." The problem with the plot is the telepathy never plays a part, other than as a deafening cacophony, driving the little girl to despair. The wife is on the verge of a nervous breakdown and it would have been so much more interesting if she had connected in some way with the girls gifts. The story slogs along and is ultimately kind of empty.

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