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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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 Horace Mann quote Fowler reads, "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity", is the motto of Rod Serling's college, Antioch, of which Mann was the first president. After writing the script for "The Changing of the Guard", Serling accepted a teaching post at Amish College. See more »

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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 »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: Professor Ellis Fowler, teacher, who discovered rather belatedly something of his own value. A very small scholastic lesson from the campus of - 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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One Of The Best!
12 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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