Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 27

Person or Persons Unknown (23 Mar. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" Person or Persons Unknown (original title)

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David Gurney wakes up to another ordinary day. Except today, nobody knows who he is.



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Episode complete credited cast:
David Andrew Gurney
Frank Silvera ...
Dr. Koslenko
Shirley Ballard ...
Wilma #1
Julie Van Zandt ...
Wilma #2
Betty Harford ...
Edmund Glover ...
Sam Baker (as Ed Glover)
Michael Keep ...
Joe Higgins ...
Bank Guard
John Newton ...


David Gurney awakens on his bed fully clothed and realizes he's late for work. He and his wife Wilma had a few drinks the night before and she is sound asleep. When he can't find his razor he wakes her but she says he doesn't know who he is and demands he leave her house. His clothes are nowhere to be found and so heads off to work. He knows everyone there but like his wife, none of his co-workers have any idea who he is. He's desperate to find one piece of his identity to prove who he is. When all finally seems resolved, he faces another shock. Written by garykmcd

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23 March 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Dave finds his proof, the photo clerk tells him that he owes $1.75. A moment later though, Dave tells the policemen he owes her $1.81. With tax, it would have been $1.81. (California sales tax was 3% at the time.) See more »


[repeated line]
David Andrew Gurney: I'm David Gurney!
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Spoofed in The Jack Benny Program: Twilight Zone Sketch (1963) See more »

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What if when you woke up nobody remembered you?
12 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Richard Long plays David Gurney--a guy who wakes up after drinking too much. Oddly, his wife does not recognize him--screaming when he wakes her! She even threatens to call the police, but he KNOWS this is crazy--she IS his wife and they are married.

Oddly, when Gurney arrives at work, he knows everyone by name--but none of them know him! When he insists to go to work at HIS desk, security is called and he's nearly shot and the security guard turns him over to the police--who are already looking for him, as his 'wife' has called the police to report that a strange man was in her home. And, when he looks in his wallet, his I.D. cards do NOT confirm he is Gurney. Eventually, he's taken to the mental hospital, as he's surely insane to believe that he is this Gurney character when all evidence says he is not.

This episode is like that old existential argument that our reality is NOT who we really are--that it all can change in the blink of an eye. This isn't an entirely new idea for a story, but is still quite interesting and compelling--like a nightmare come true. I enjoyed the show quite a bit and a similar idea was used with the great series "Nowhere Man"--a very short-lived but exciting series starring Bruce Greenwood. Unfortunately, however, "The Twilight Zone" already did a VERY similar show in the first season ("A World of Difference") and because of this there wasn't a lot of originality. Because of this, the show has to lose a point or two for a lack of originality.

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