Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 19

Night Call (7 Feb. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" Night Call (original title)

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Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman.

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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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Originally scheduled to air on November 22, 1963, it was preempted by John F. Kennedy's assassination. See more »

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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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Gladys Cooper, not Martine Bartlett, portrayed Elva Keene.
6 June 2006 | by (Milwaukee) – See all my reviews

Good observations, folks, and I agree, however the 'old woman', Elva Keene, was played by Gladys Cooper (who was also great in "Nothing in the Dark", where a young Robert Redford portrays death in the guise of a police officer). I think Nora Marlowe, as the compassionate but skeptical nurse, Margaret, also did a great job. This is one of those 'TZ' episodes that certainly ventured into terror; the disembodied voice on the telephone scared the hell out of me when I first saw it (granted, I was only 9). Interesting also was the fact that, as the story developed, and Miss Keene's phone rang (at least during the day), you were forced to wonder whether it was the groaning man, or the officious-sounding Miss Finch from the phone company. One of the better episodes of the series, IMHO.


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