Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 12

Ninety Years Without Slumbering (20 Dec. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" Ninety Years Without Slumbering (original title)

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An old man believes that his life will end the moment his grandfather clock stops ticking.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sam Forstmann
Carolyn Kearney ...
Marnie Kirk
Doug Kirk (as James Callahan)
Carol Byron ...
Carol Chase
Clock Mover
John Pickard ...
William Sargent ...
Dr. Mel Avery


Sam Forstman is an old man who lives with his granddaughter Marnie Kirk and her husband Doug. Sam lives a simple life and doesn't sleep much anymore. He's usually up at all hours tinkering on his grandfather clock, something that worries Marnie as his attention to the timepiece verges on the obsessive. The reason for that however is quite simple: he is convinced that should the clock ever stop, he will die. Written by garykmcd

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20 December 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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William Froug had Richard De Roy rewrite the George Clayton Johnson teleplay "Tick of Time" before it was aired as Twilight Zone: Ninety Years Without Slumbering (1963). Johnson was displeased with this and ultimately never reconciled with Froug, and never contributed to Twilight Zone (1959) again. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Clocks are made by men, God creates time. No man can prolong his allotted hours, he can only live them to the fullest - in this world or in the Twilight Zone.
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Couldn't help feeling for the silly old fool.
2 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A whimsical story about a gentle, eccentric old man with a peculiar obsession with a grandfather clock. Best taken as an allegory not to let superstition or the past stand in the way of the present. Any supernatural element here might be taken as though merely psychological. Besides that Ed Wynn is larger-than-life enough, in a gentle way, to make the viewer see past the silliness of the tie-in with the Victorian clock song of the title. The story would be better without making that direct association.

Thanks to Ed Wynn (Mad Hatter's voice in Disney's 'Alice In Wonderland', as well as having acted Serling's own writing in 'Requiem For A Heavyweight', and in TZ 'One For The Angels') this becomes engaging on a human level.

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