Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman.

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Elva Keene
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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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7 February 1964 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: According to the Bible, God created the heavens and the Earth. It is man's prerogative - and woman's - to create their own particular and private hell. Case in point, Miss Elva Keene, who in every sense has made her own bed and now must lie in it, sadder, but wiser, by dint of a rather painful lesson in responsibility, transmitted from the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986) See more »

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Not A Party Line
5 March 2011 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Once upon a time, before cells and mobile phones there was something called a party line, which was a cost effective way for low income people to maintain telephone service without having to pay a lot. The solution was simple: share the expenses (and the monthly charge) with someone else. The only problem would be that one could not make or receive calls if the other person was on the line.

In this Twilight Zone episode, Night Call, the elderly, invalid Elva Keene, who lives alone, cared for only by a nurse, starts to receive phone calls from someone who sounds far away. It's a man's voice but she can't quite hear what he's saying. He tends to call her late at night, when she's alone, and these calls frighten her. As we learn a thing or two about Miss Keene's past we begin to understand her, as we come to realize that she has a bad conscience, and for good reason. These unsettling phone calls are bringing back memories, as she recalls experiences from her youth; and hers is not a party line.

This is one of the few entries in the Twilight Zones series that plays like a pure horror from start to finish. Not a violent or gruesome horror; more like a ghost story. Written and directed by masters, Richard Matheson and Jacques Tourneur, splendidly acted by Gladys Cooper in the lead role, it ends on a note of sheer terror. No axes come crashing through doors, there are no vampires, werewolves or monsters, just an image and no more. Those who keep their phones next to their beds might want to think twice about leaving them on after watching Night Call.


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