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)

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1.33 : 1
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The title of the episode, and the Charles Beaumont-written short story that inspired it, is taken from William Shakespeare's Hamlet's "to be or not to be" speech. "To sleep, perchance to dream-ay, there's the rub." The very next line, "For in that sleep of death what dreams may come," was used by fellow Twilight Zone (1959) writer Richard Matheson as the title of his novel/movie What Dreams May Come (1998). See more »


Maya: We've been expecting you, Mr. Hall.
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Would be a bit of a snooze but for Maya the Cat Girl.
4 March 2012 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

35-year-old Edward Hall (Richard Conte, who is clearly well on his way to 50) would rather stay awake than face Maya (Suzanne Lloyd), the sexy but dangerous girl from his episodic dreams, one more time. With the help of drugs, he's successfully stayed awake for over 80 hours, but how long can he escape the inevitable?

Perchance to Dream deals with how the subconscious mind can manipulate our irrational fears, incorporate things seen in reality into our dreams, and generally screw us up big time—an interesting concept, but one that I didn't feel was told in a particularly interesting manner. The nightmarish carnival imagery is well executed (the delicious Maya being the top attraction, of course), but the story drags and the ending is a bit of an anti-climax (it was all a dream.... yawn!).

Anyway, if I was repeatedly dreaming of Maya the Cat Girl sexily gyrating her ample curves before accompanying me into a fun-house for a spot of canoodling, I think I'd be overdosing on the Nytol. Yes, I know that she's up to no good, but it's not like she's equipped with knives on her fingers—and boy, what a figure!

Night night!

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