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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Episode complete credited cast:
Edward Hall
John Larch ...
Dr. Eliot Rathmann
Suzanne Lloyd ...
Maya / Ms. Thomas


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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27 November 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


Edward Hall: [opens the window] Can I open this?
[looks down]
Edward Hall: Quite a drop.
Dr. Rathmann: Mr. Hall, I'll ah... I'll have to close the window.
[closes it]
Edward Hall: I only wanted some air.
Dr. Rathmann: Well I'll ah... I'll turn the conditioner up. It works best with the windows closed.
Edward Hall: Did you think I'd jump?
Dr. Rathmann: You might have.
Edward Hall: Not a chance. I want to live. That's my problem.
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Put Away the Sominex
15 September 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Shattered man fears going to sleep.

Richard Conte was always good at playing intensely driven characters. Here he brings a strong emotional pitch to a man near insanity because of a recurring nightmare. The dream sequences are particularly effective for their surreal stylings and the undisguised sexuality of Maya, the Cat Woman. In the buttoned-down 1950's, these were no small risks for a series, since sponsors avoided anything that might confuse or alienate audiences and potential customers. It's also a reason why TZ deserves a place in the artistic evolution of American TV. The episode itself is a solid one, with a nifty twist ending. However, I can't help feeling that the personal references to Hollywood landmarks suggest more than an exercise of imagination for writer Charles Beaumont.

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