Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 29

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

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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)

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1.33 : 1
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Helen Foley was named after one of Rod Serling's favorite teachers. 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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Written by Jane Taylor
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Deep Seated Memories
3 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a little more human episode. Are we dealing with the memories, repressed at childhood, or are we seeing the supernatural at work. Whether the young woman is actually experiencing this or thinking it doesn't matter. It is in her psyche and she must try to come to grips with it. The little girl's presence is certainly eerie, but this is about loneliness and fear and reclamation. The acting performances are quite good and the little girl is better than most. Serling loved to work the the ghosts of people's pasts, but usually it was some thing that they had done and they are now being punished for. This has a little of the lady caught in the bus station. Those observing would say she was on the brink of insanity. The difference comes in; the understanding. A good episode.

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