Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Elva Keene
Nora Marlowe ...
Margaret Phillips
Martine Bartlett ...
Miss Finch


The elderly Elva Keen is not too happy when she begins receiving phone calls in the middle of the night. At first the calls are little more that static and her complaints to to local telephone operator, Miss Finch, seem to go unheeded. Over time however, she begins to hear a man's voice but out of fear, tells whoever it is to go away. When Miss Finch reports they've found the problem Elva visits the site only to realize the identity of the caller and that regardless of anything she's said, desperately wants the calls to continue. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 February 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of Richard Matheson's original short story is "Long Distance Call", but as there was already a prior episode of The Twilight Zone (1959) with this title (The Twilight Zone: Long Distance Call (1961) - one of the infamous videotaped episodes) - the title for this show had to be altered from the original story. See more »


When she's sitting in her car at the cemetery, there's a man's face visible to the left of her head, reflected in one of the car windows, and then it's replaced by a hand twisting something. I'm not sure what is being twisted, since the camera isn't moving during the scene. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Miss Elva Keene lives alone on the outskirts of London Flats, a tiny rural community in Maine. Up until now, the pattern of Miss Keene's existence has been that of lying in her bed or sitting in her wheelchair, reading books, listening to a radio, eating, napping, taking medication - and waiting for something different to happen. Miss Keene doesn't know it yet, but her period of waiting has just ended, for something different is about to happen to her, has in fact already ...
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986) See more »

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"Night Call" Supremely Engrossing T Z episode!
26 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have seen almost ALL of the original TZ episodes, and this one "Night Call" is always the one I recommend.

Beautifully photographed: Embittered and lonely Elva Keane endures unending telephone night calls from her telephone; The phone becomes an instrument of terror-when Elva is trying to get some sleep you can actually SEE the shadow's of the branches on her face from the trees outside-a beautiful touch! Miss Finch: (The telephonist) "About those call's you say you've been receiving Miss Keane.." Elva: "SAY I've been?"... NO spoilers for those yet to see-the pace and suspense never let up until it's heartbreaking conclusion.

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