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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[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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The mind plays many tricks
6 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

on the lonely lady living in her cottage. Is it just her imagination, is she senile, or is this really happening?.

I will have to get the complete collection of these older episodes- each story was so unique and original- no one comes as close as Rod Serling, when creating suspense, irony and horror. Everyone has different favorites.

This story was also noteworthy because of the performance of Martine Bartlett, who portrayed Sally Field's abusive mother in "Sybil". She has such remarkable film presence. This story is still frightening,and next time you are home alone on a dark night, be careful if you answer the phone, and are speaking to a person who lives down the street- at the local graveyard!.


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