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 ...
Mrs. Landers - Housekeeper
Tom Lowell ...
Russell Horton ...
Bartlett
Buddy Hart ...
Boy
Robert Biheller ...
Graham (as Bob Biheller)
Kevin O'Neal ...
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Kevin Jones ...
Boy
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 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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[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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I get choked up whenever I see this
27 November 2006 | by (Eugene, OR) – See all my reviews

I've lost count of the number of times I've seen this particular episode and it always always always chokes me up when I see it. It's worse now that I'm older, but I figure that that's due to our becoming more emotionally incontinent as we age.

I've a teacher from 35 years ago who's still alive who I continue to be close to. The episode is a great reminder to everyone to find the teacher that made a difference to their life and thank them for the ways in which they made your life better. (You have no idea how good it'll make them feel.)

One other great thing about this episode is the pleasure of seeing the late Donald Pleasance doing anything. Honestly, he could've read a phone book on camera for half an hour and it'd be worth watching. :)


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