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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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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Pretty thin...but at least the ending did catch me by surprise
23 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While this is not true of most episodes of "The Twilight Zone", this one could easily be summarized in a single sentence--mostly because it has such an incredibly thin plot. An old man (Ed Wynn) believes that when his favorite grandfather clock fails to be wound, he will die--and his family assume he's crazy. To put it bluntly, there just isn't enough to this particular show to justify 25 minutes of your life. The plot is very thin. About the only things going for this particular show are Ed Wynn's performance and the nice twist ending--and ending, however, that seemed VERY unlike the rest of the series in spirit and style. As usual, Wynn's performance is sweet and well worth seeing, as he was a heck of an entertainer. Otherwise though, there just isn't a lot to this show and it's an easy one to skip.

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