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
This episode takes place in June 1963 and June 1935. See more »
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Exit Mr. and Mrs. Horace Ford, who have lived through a bizarre moment not to be calibrated on normal clocks or watches. Time has passed, to be sure, but it's the special time in the special place known as - the Twilight Zone.
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You know what they say 'Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.'
TZ should have left back-to-childhood well enough alone by the fourth series. Unfortunately, as Serling stated, he wanted to go back to his youth, so far too many stories follow this path, even those by other writers (Reginald Rose, author of the excellent '12 Angry Men' in this case, and yet this is rubbish). I'm no fan of Walking Distance, Kick The Can, or Young Man's Fancy either. There's never a logical message to spring from these stories like giving your own children the most fun as you cant go back (though that comes up in the excellent In Praise of Pip).
Wishing to go back to a young adult state occurs in 'Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville', 'The Trade-Ins', 'Static','A Short Drink From A Certain Fountain', and 'The Trouble With Templeton'.
Horace Ford's immature little world is a padded and dull place inhabited by an irritating character. All too often in TZ the incorrigible protagonists with personalities to make you cross the road are too annoying to watch acted. The only actors ever to play a maddening lead without being maddening were Burgess Meredith as 'Mr Dingle' and Barry Morse in 'A Piano In The House' (I count Andy Devine's Frisby as a likable man, though full of bovine excrement).
This entry is almost devoid of any meaning. The little there is being spoken by Laura (Nan Martin) late on. Early on, the sensible colleague Leonard (Phillip Pine), gives a contrasting point of view to Horace's, saying in his case he just 'waited to grow up'.
Nostalgia within TZ doesn't make for nostalgia for me.
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