The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Nightmare as a Child 

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




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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Helen Foley
Peter Selden
Terry Burnham ...
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?


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: [Opening Narration] Month of November, hot chocolate, and a small cameo of a child's face, imperfect only in its solemnity. And these are the improbable ingredients to a human emotion, an emotion, say, like - fear. But in a moment this woman, Helen Foley, will realize fear. She will understand what are the properties of terror. A little girl will lead her by the hand and walk with her into a nightmare.
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Referenced in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) See more »


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Written by Jane Taylor
Performed by Terry Burnham
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'Did someone go by you today who looked familiar? Really?'
9 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Helen Foley (Janice Rule) meets a little girl who clearly knows a lot about her. Helen is uneasy in the little girl's inquisitive presence. Then an older man called Seldon (Shepherd Strudwick) appears on the scene. Both visitors are concerned with the memory of Helen.

A very psychologically infused episode that would have been harder to figure out at the time. As is the case with many other entries this kind of theme has been done a lot since (and if you think about it there's a TZ a bit like this in series five , but done with a middle- aged adult not a child).

Fairly good but without any gleaming hallmark of TZ greatness.

Janice Rule went on to be a psychoanalyst in the 1970's,as well as continuing her long acting career,but this would hardly qualified her.

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