Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 37

The Changing of the Guard (1 Jun. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" The Changing of the Guard (original title)

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After being forced to retire, Professor Fowler contemplates suicide when he doesn't feel he has made a difference in the world. That night he has an experience that shows him that he is wrong.

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Philippa Bevans ...
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Tom Lowell ...
Russell Horton ...
Bartlett
Buddy Hart ...
Boy
Robert Biheller ...
Graham (as Bob Biheller)
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Darryl Richard ...
Thompson
James Browning ...
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Professor Ellis Fowler has been teaching at the Rock Spring School for Boys for a great many years. In fact, he taught the grandfather of one of his current students. Just before Christmas however, he's told by the headmaster that his contract will not be renewed for the new year. Despondent, he returns home convinced that his life has been wasted and decides to end it all. Before he can do so however, his is visited by some very special students from the past who give him cause to reconsider. Written by garykmcd

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The final Twilight Zone (1959) episode where the ending shot rose upward, seeing the setting's higher point replaced by a starlit sky. See more »

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When Professor Fowler is looking out the window listening to the singers, he is wearing glasses in some angles and not wearing glasses in others. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: Professor Ellis Fowler, a gentle, bookish guide to the young, who is about to discover that life still has certain surprises, and that the campus of the Rock Springs School for Boys lies on a direct path to another institution, commonly referred to as the Twilight Zone.
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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
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Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears
Music by Richard Storrs Willis
Performed by Christmas carolers
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A bright and old mind has his heart touched when he sees the future of bright young minds!
31 May 2007 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Really this has to be one of the most touching and better "Twilight Zone" episodes in series history. Donald Pleasence who's such a legend and acting veteran stars as an old college professor, who's becoming angry with his male students at an all boys school. He sees the desire to learn just isn't present, and to make matters worse he finds out that the institution wants him to retire or be fired. So the depression sets in and the worry is starting that no students future will develop into a successful life because he now considers his teaching a failure. Yet that's why you enter the "Twilight Zone"! as his bright mind sees into the future and all of his students have became great success stories! Ending on a happy note, proving that all of us have been touched by knowledge at some point and we always will remember at least one teacher, and take something from them and remember it and use it as knowledge. Great episode that's touching and brings out your emotions.


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