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 »
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
Mrs. Gann will be in for a big surprise when she finds this
[photo of a handsome young man]
under Jenny's pillow, because Mrs. Gann has more temper than imagination. She'll never dream that this is a picture of Old Ben, as he really looks, and it will never occur to her that eventually her niece will grow up to be an honest-to-goodness queen - somewhere in The Twilight Zone.
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Old Ben (J Pat O'Malley, a very good character actor in four episodes and voice of elephant Col Haithi in 'The Jungle Book') is friends with a little girl, Jenny, who suffers from polio and a horrible guardian. Of course, Ben is really from outer space- you can tell by the alien guise he assumed when playing with the children at the beginning. The story just gets weirder as it goes on. It is meant to be heart-warming but I find it just too far out. The characters are uninteresting as Old Ben the star-man is too kind, while Jenny's guardian is just plain horrible. I cannot find any meaning or enjoyment in such a tale. There's nothing sensible to make you think. What an inter-planetary slew of sewage! Unworthy of being any part of this great series.
Filed under 'Stupid' in The Twilight Zone.
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