David Ellington recounts a story, one that began just after the end of World War I. He was hiking in Europe when he sought refuge in an abbey during a violent rain storm. The residence is ... See full summary »
David Ellington recounts a story, one that began just after the end of World War I. He was hiking in Europe when he sought refuge in an abbey during a violent rain storm. The residence is isolated and its head, Brother Jerome, tells him he cannot stay. Ellington is ill however and during his short stay meets someone who is being kept prisoner and howls constantly through the night. Ellington believes the Howling Man is being kept there for no good reason but Brother Jerome tells him of the man's true nature. The decision Ellington makes will haunt him for the rest of his life. Written by
Charles Beaumont had originally envisioned that the monks would keep the Howling Man imprisoned by putting a cross in front of his cell door. Fearful of a backlash in the religious community, the producers substituted the "staff of truth," over Beaumont's objections. See more »
Although Ellington walks into the monastery in the midst of a thunderstorm, he is perfectly dry. See more »
The prostrate form of Mr. David Ellington, scholar, seeker of truth and, regretably, finder of truth. A man who will shortly arise from his exhaustion to confront a problem that has tormented mankind since the beginning of time. A man who knocked on a door seeking sanctuary and found, instead, the outer edges of The Twilight Zone.
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I watched this episode a few days ago during the 4th of July Marathon and I was intrigued with how much they packed in such a short episode of 25 minutes. Carradine acted with such greatness that his few minutes on screen made the whole tale believable. I liked the way the lead actor HM Wynant did his best Charleston Heston impersonation to play against Carradine's reprisal of Aaron in the 1956 epic The Ten Commandments.The casting was brilliant and the directing was also well executed. The writer wanted a cross to be the item which kept the mysterious prisoner in his cell but was changed to the Staff Of Truth for a wider appeal. The religious aspects of the story is acceptable because the scariness of the concept. "U don't believe Him Do U?" was the best line in this tale and was also the turning point. I ending seemed a bit rushed but effective. I loved every episode of the original Twilight Zone series but this is one of the ones that stood out from the rest.
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