Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 21

Spur of the Moment (21 Feb. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" Spur of the Moment (original title)

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An engaged heiress is terrorized by a middle-aged woman on a horse pleading with her not to go through with her impending marriage.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Diana Hyland ...
Anne Henderson
Mrs. Henderson
Mr. Henderson
David Mitchell
Robert Blake


While out horseback riding on June 13, 1939, 18 year-old Anne Henderson comes across another rider, a middle-aged woman dressed in black, who chases after her. She's terrified and races home. It's the day of her engagement party. She's supposed to marry Robert Blake but childhood friend David Mitchell wants her to break it off and him instead. As for the woman in black, she is someone who knows Anne quite well. Written by garykmcd

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21 February 1964 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place on June 13, 1939 and in 1964. See more »


Robert Blake: [after David leaves] I almost feel sorry for him.
Mr. Henderson: But not quite?
[They both smile]
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The Perfect Dress (2006) See more »

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5 August 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I thought I had seen most Twilight Zones until I caught this one on a Newfoundland station at 2:00 am. It surprised me...and in a good way. A frightening visual to start. A strong twist midway through (not at the end as usual with The Zone). Also the story took the characters outside the series usual sets and back-lots. The characters show Serling's usual level of humanism but with a disturbing realistic edge for the series. Finally, it becomes a very personal story and leaves out the moralizing which could sometimes bog down the series. In many ways a perfect short story with just enough to fill out 24 minutes. The only flaw...the direction was a bit heavy handed at times.

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