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
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 »
When Prof. Fowler brushes the snow from the tombstone, you can hear a hollow sound, indicating that the tombstone is made of plastic. See more »
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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I absolutely love this particular episode,it's probably my favorite of the scores of great TWILIGHT ZONE offerings. It has no real twists or turns as one expects from the show,it's just a sweet,sentimental story that manages to hurt me every time I view it. Forty-two year old Donald Pleasence gives a great performance as Ellis Fowler,an older professor being discharged from his teaching position,which clearly is his entire life,what he lives/loves to do. He learns a little later that his assumed small contribution in the classroom spread much wider than he ever knew. I've read it was Pleasence's first American television appearance.
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