Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 5

The Howling Man (4 Nov. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Howling Man (original title)

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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 »

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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 garykmcd

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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 »

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Although Ellington walks into the monastery in the midst of a thunderstorm, he is perfectly dry. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] 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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Catch But Not Keep
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H.M. Wynant plays David Ellington, who recounts to the viewer his walking trip in Europe after the end of World War I, where he became lost and desperate, finding refuge in a monastery during a dark and stormy evening run by Brother Jerome(played by horror film veteran John Carradine) who tells him to ignore the incessant howling of an imprisoned man(played by Robin Hughes) whom he insists is really the recently captured Devil, who he wants to keep locked up indefinitely, though the Devil has many tricks to play, and proves the old adage about being able to catch him, but not keep him, something Ellington will learn all too well... Fun episode is quite atmospheric and well acted, with effective direction marking the striking on-screen transformation that viewer witnesses.


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