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"The Twilight Zone: Night Call (#5.19)"
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"The Twilight Zone" Night Call (1964)

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Writers:
Richard Matheson (written by)
Rod Serling (created by)
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Original Air Date:
7 February 1964 (Season 5, Episode 19)
Plot:
Telephone calls begin to haunt a disabled elderly woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Probably the scariest TZ episode of all time See more (27 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Gladys Cooper ... Elva Keene
Nora Marlowe ... Margaret Phillips

Martine Bartlett ... Miss Finch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rod Serling ... Narrator / Himself - Host (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (written by)

Rod Serling (created by)

Produced by
Bert Granet .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Robert Pittack (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard V. Heermance  (as Richard Heermance)
 
Casting by
Patricia Mock  (as Patricia Rose)
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Walter Holscher 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton 
Henry Grace 
 
Production Management
Ralph W. Nelson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Bonniwell .... assistant director (as Charles Bonniwell Jr.)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... sound
Philip Mitchell .... sound (as Philip N. Mitchell)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James V. King .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Scott Lawson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Marius Constant .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
25 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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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Continuity: When the caretaker gets out of her car with a bag of groceries, she has a carton of eggs in the bag. When she enters the house, there are two cartons.See more »
Quotes:
[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 Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)See more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Probably the scariest TZ episode of all time, 2 February 2008
Author: Pythe from Plainfield, IL

Unlike most of the creepier Twilight Zone episodes, Night Call terrifies me as much now as it did when I was much younger. I still can't watch this one late at night without feeling a little uneasy at what might be lurking just beyond the blinds in the window. Night Call is brilliant on several levels. First, it's a masterpiece of storytelling by the legendary Richard Matheson, who's written some of the most unnerving short stories ever published. The characters, the situation, and the final explanation are all superbly realized--I've seen the ending twist repeated in a number of short films or generic "scary tales for children"-esquire compilations. Jacques Tourneur's direction is extraordinarily atmospheric, the visual equivalent of a lonely wind rustling through a dark forest. We as viewers feel every bit as alone and frightened as the woman when she picks up the phone and hears nothing but moans from the other end. Watching the episode is a bit like lying in bed in the middle of the night and thinking you heard a noise downstairs. Yet, in spite of all this, the ending manages a complete 180, from terrifying to tragic, that works extraordinarily well. Kudos to the writer and director for giving the Twilight Zone an ingenious entry for its final season.

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