Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 25

The Fugitive (9 Mar. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" The Fugitive (original title)

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Old Ben is a kind old man who likes to play with the kids, whether it's baseball or hide and seek. Little Jenny, who has to wear braces on her legs, is particularly fond of him. He tells ... See full summary »

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Old Ben is a kind old man who likes to play with the kids, whether it's baseball or hide and seek. Little Jenny, who has to wear braces on her legs, is particularly fond of him. He tells her he has to leave soon since the men who are after him will soon arrive. He assures her that he's not a criminal or anything like that. She wants him to take her with him but he says it can't be done. He does fix the problem with her legs however. Turns out Old Ben is important where he comes from and arranges it so that he and Jenny can get what they want. Written by garykmcd

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Narrator: It's been said that science fiction and fantasy are two different things: science fiction, the improbable made possible; fantasy, the impossible made probable. What would you have if you put these two different things together? Well, you'd have an old man named Ben who knows a lot of tricks most people don't know and a little girl named Jenny who loves him - and a journey into the heart of the Twilight Zone.
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More Innocent Times
10 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

These were certainly more innocent times. If an old man like J. Pat O'Malley started hanging around the neighborhood kids as we see him here, there would be a lot of suspicion as to his motives right now. But he's a kindly old duffer and to one child, little Susan Gordon he shows a side the others have never seen.

He's quite magical you know, like an oversized leprechaun. Gordon who has a leg brace because of infantile paralysis sees him shape shift like Odo of Deep Space Nine. Her guardian is a nasty spinster aunt played by Nancy Kulp and when two strange men start hanging around, O'Malley tells her he has to leave with them.

This Twilight Zone episode is a charming fantasy. I can't say more lest I reveal who and what O'Malley is. But Susan Gordon gets the ultimate happy ending.


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