The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Ninety Years Without Slumbering 

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

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Sam Forstmann
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Marnie Kirk
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Doug Kirk (as James Callahan)
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Carol Chase
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Clock Mover
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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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Sam Forstmann was born in 1887. See more »

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When he sees that his grandfather's clock is running 10 minutes slow, he winds the clock but forgets to set the time. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Each man measures his time; some with hope, some with joy, some with fear. But Sam Forstmann measures his allotted time with a grandfather's clock, a unique mechanism whose pendulum swings between life and death, a very special clock that keeps a special kind of time - in the Twilight Zone.
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My Grandfather's Clock
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Written by Henry Clay Work
Performed by Ed Wynn
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Sleep Time
6 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Ed Wynn stars as Sam Forstmann, an aging man who is obsessed with a grandfather clock that he is convinced that, should it ever stop, will mean his death. This worries his daughter Marnie(played by Carolyn Kearney) and her husband Doug(played by James Callahan) with whom he lives with, as he also suffers from insomnia. Desperate, Sam both sells the clock to a neighbor, and sees a psychiatrist, but when the neighbor lets the clock wind down, Sam breaks into the house to wind it, but will later have a most unlikely change of heart... Ironically titled episode may indeed put the viewer to sleep, as the story is boring and ultimately absurd, even pointless. Wynn can't save it.


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