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
Dr. Eliot Rathmann
Maya / Miss 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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Release Date:

27 November 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The star of this classic episode, Richard Conte, also played Don Corleone's arch-nemesis, Don Barzini, in The Godfather. See more »


Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] They say a dream takes only a second or so, and yet in that second a man can live a lifetime. He can suffer and die, and who's to say which is the greater reality: the one we know or the one in dreams, between heaven, the sky, the earth - in the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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You won't nod off during this episode.
18 July 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

It's now common to have creepy tales that blur the line between being asleep and being awake (that is thanks, in no small part, to a certain resident of Elm Street who terrorises teens in the dreamworld) but this is the first appearance of that strange limbo in The Twilight Zone and there's a lot for fans to enjoy here.

Richard Conte plays the exhausted Edward Hall, a man who runs into the office of a doctor (played by John Larch) and begins to tell him his tale, a tale that involves his dreams getting more and more intense in a way that has convinced him that the woman he has met in those dreams (Suzanne Lloyd) is determined to kill him.

Directed by Robert Florey, and written by Charles Beaumont, this is far from the best idea that The Twilight Zone ever used for an episode. However, everything is boosted considerably by the strangeness of the dreams that are depicted on screen. Everything is slightly strange and there's a lack of cohesion, everything FEELS very dreamlike.

The acting is okay, and Conte certainly convinces as a man who has gone without sleep for far too long, but it's the overall mood and atmosphere that stays with you after the credits roll on this episode. It's especially interesting to see if you're a fan, as I am, of Carnival Of Souls because this feels like an inspiration (however small) for that movie.

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