The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 37

The Changing of the Guard (1 Jun. 1962)

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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 ...
Mrs. Landers - Housekeeper
Tom Lowell ...
Russell Horton ...
Bartlett
Buddy Hart ...
Boy
Robert Biheller ...
Graham (as Bob Biheller)
Kevin O'Neal ...
Butler
Jimmy Baird ...
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Kevin Jones ...
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Darryl Richard ...
Thompson
James Browning ...
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Pat Close ...
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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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Although set at Christmas, the show was aired in June. See more »

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Professor Fowler recognizes Dickie Weiss as "the first" one of his former students to die, on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Then he meets former classmate Rice (class of 1917), who had died at Chateau-Thierry in 1918, 23 years earlier. 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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One of Rod Serling's little victories
6 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A meaningful, emotional,and absolutely life affirming offering from Serling. Rather quietly done with a 42 years old Donald Pleasance brilliantly playing an old teacher who tried to make education an inspiring force for good for boys. His life seems over when he hears it's time to retire. If you take time to think about this story and about the courage of such very young men in who died in WW2 (we owe our freedom today from fascism to them) I cannot imagine a more worthy subject than this. Literature is shown to be a mighty force and the essential message here is how important remain the deep, fine, unselfish words that motivate . A genuinely moving TZ that shows where humanity's hope resides - and it is not in ignorance and dumbing-down.

A tremendous, lovable fantasy-drama that I profoundly recommend you watch.


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