Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 9

Perchance to Dream (27 Nov. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" Perchance to Dream (original title)

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A fatigued man fights to stay awake as he explains to a psychiatrist that if he falls asleep it will trigger a nightmare, which will cause his heart to fail.

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Edward Hall visits the psychiatrist Dr. Eliot Rathmann that was recommended by his doctor and he explains that he is extremely tired since he has not slept for many days. Edward believes that if he sleeps, he will die and explains that he is dreaming in "chapters" with the evil Maya, the Cat Woman that will kill him in his next nightmare. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This was the first Twilight Zone (1959) episode aired that was written by Charles Beaumont and also the first that was not written by Rod Serling. See more »

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Edward Hall: [stares at picture on the wall] Did you ever look at this picture, I mean really look at it?
Dr. Rathmann: I think so, why?
Edward Hall: Has it ever moved?
Dr. Rathmann: No, not to my knowledge, anyway.
Edward Hall: I can make it move.
Dr. Rathmann: Can you?
Edward Hall: Yes. But not really. When I was a kid, we had a picture like this in our house. Not the same thing, exactly, but pretty close. A boat. My mother used to tell me to look at it. She said if I looked at it long enough, it would move. All I had to do was keep looking at it. I didn't believe her, but the idea ...
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Afraid to Dream
20 January 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Edward Hall (Richard Conte) visits the psychiatrist Dr. Eliot Rathmann (John Larch) that was recommended by his doctor and he explains that he is extremely tired since he has not slept for many days. Edward believes that if he sleeps, he will die and explains that he is dreaming in "chapters" with the evil Maya, the Cat Woman (Suzanne Lloyd) that will kill him in his next nightmare.

"Perchance to Dream" is a surrealistic episode of a man afraid to sleep and with a woman – Maya - that recalls Freddy Krueger, killing the man in his dreams (or nightmares). This is the weakest episode of "The Twilight Zone" so far. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação - Perchance to Dream" ("Beyond Imagination - Perchance to Dream")


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