The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Incredible World of Horace Ford 

Horace Ford longs for his childhood which was not as idyllic as he remembers it.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Laura Ford
Mrs. Ford
Phillip Pine ...
Betty O'Brien
Jerry Davis ...
Hermy Brandt
Jim E. Titus ...
Horace as Child


Horace Ford is a toy designer. He is enthusiastic about what he does and has fond memories of the games he played as a child. Lately, he is forever talking about his childhood, obssessing in fact, over those little childhood moments that brought him great joy. His mother however doesn't quite remember their time living on Randolph St. as such a great time in their lives. He goes to visit his old neighborhood but when he gets there, he seems to have stepped back in time. He returns to the street several times and the scene repeats itself over and over. He realizes his childhood wasn't the wonderful time he remembered. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

18 April 1963 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stars Pat Hingle and Nan Martin, who played Horace and Laura Ford, reunited the following year to play husband and wife Mike and Pauline Decker on The Fugitive: Search in a Windy City (1964). See more »


Hermy has a missing front tooth that is obviously blacked out instead of actually missing. See more »


Narrator: [opening narration] Mr. Horace Ford, who has a preoccupation with another time, a time of childhood, a time of growing up, a time of street games, stickball and hide-'n-go-seek. He has a reluctance to go check out a mirror and see the nature of his image: proof positive that the time he dwells in has already passed him by. But in a moment or two, he'll discover that mechanical toys and memoires and daydreaming and wishful thinking and all manner of odd and special events can lead one into a ...
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Can anyone be THIS annoying in real life?! I'd rather gargle glass than see this one again!!
3 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Pat Hingle plays a guy who might just be the worst written and acted character in the entire "Twilight Zone" series. The problem is that the guy is simply unbelievable in every way. No person outside of a mental hospital or prison acts this way!! Hingle plays a toy designer who shows all the maturity of a five year-old--a very, very annoying an immature five year-old! All he can do is play and act like an arrested adolescent--to such a degree that you wonder who would hire this guy?! He's THAT annoying and ridiculous! And all he seems to do, aside from work on toys and act childish, is to talk about how great life was when he was a kid. Naturally, you can assume that this will be the point of this particular show--how life WASN'T that great back in the 'good old days'. Personally, I would have just rather they shot Hingle's character in the face to shut him up--now THAT'S a twist I'd love to have seen! Overall, because the acting and characterization were so broad that it's a huge chore to watch this particular show--it's awful and annoying. And, as an hour-long episode it's practically TV-smashing or suicide-inducing!!

By the way, as you watch this show and see how Hingle over-identifies with kids, doesn't this give you the creeps?! People like him sure seem like they might REEEALLY like kids...if you know what I mean! Also by the way, did you notice that Hermie is NOT missing a tooth and it's clearly been blacked out with putty? Well, on a 58" screen it was pretty obvious!

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