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

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



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Episode complete credited cast:
Laura Ford
Mrs. Ford
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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This episode takes place in June 1963 and June 1935. 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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4 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Pat Hingle stars as Horace Ford, a toy designer who is really just a boy in a mans body, as he frequently talks in an over-excited manner about how great his childhood was, where all he did was play fun games with no responsibilities. This greatly troubles his wife and mother(who still lives with them) so they plan a surprise birthday party for him, but he instead takes a nostalgic trip down his childhood street, but is stunned to see it unchanged, and becomes fascinated then alarmed by a group of boys who plot about getting back at a kid who didn't invite them to his birthday party... Hingle portrays a most overbearing title character who is far from incredible, thus making this obvious parable an acquired taste.

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