Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 29

Nightmare as a Child (29 Apr. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" Nightmare as a Child (original title)

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A schoolteacher keeps seeing a strange little girl in her apartment building.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Helen Foley
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Peter Selden
Terry Burnham ...
Michael Fox ...
Joseph V. Perry ...
Police Lieutenant (as Joe Perry)


Helen Foley is a school teacher who when arriving home one day meets a little girl, Markie, sitting on the steps just outside her apartment door. Helen invites her in and gives her a cup of hot cocoa. Strangely however, Markie seems to know a great deal about her - that she doesn't like marshmallows in her cocoa or that she has a scar on her elbow. She also knows what Helen did earlier that day including seeing a somewhat familiar man, Peter Selden, behind the wheel of a car. When Selden arrives at her apartment a few moments later he says he worked for her mother but Helen has no memory of what happened to her mother all those years ago. As her memories return however, she finds herself in grave danger. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 April 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Acting debut of Morgan Brittany. She was uncredited even though she had several lines near the end as the little girl with the doll. See more »


When Markie and Helen are arguing about Markie's real name, Terry Burnham mouths Janice Rule's lines along with her in between her own. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Miss Helen Foley, who has lived in night and who will wake up to morning. Miss Helen Foley, who took a dark spot from the tapestry of her life and rubbed it clean - then stepped back a few paces and got a good look at the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) See more »


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Face Of The Past
26 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Janice Rule plays school teacher Helen Foley, who, after returning home from work, is confronted by a talkative little girl named Markie(played by Terry Burnham) who looks strangely familiar, but Helen just can't place her, despite Markie's constant prompting. Then a man from Helen's past returns into her life when he knocks on her door, reminding Helen that he knew her deceased mother and her many years ago, and that now he has come back for a most sinister reason... Interesting episode has a quite sophisticated idea at its heart, even if it is now rather obvious. Certainly a unique tale in the series canon, if not that well remembered.

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