When a woman investigates a clamor on the roof of her rural house, she discovers a small UFO and little aliens emerging from it. Or so it seems.



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An old woman who lives alone in a ramshackle farm house comes face to face with alien invaders. She hears something on her roof and then finds a flying saucer, perhaps six or seven feet across from which emerges two small robots. She fights them as best she can and eventually succeeds in destroying their ship. The nature of the invaders however is not immediately obvious however. Written by garykmcd

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27 January 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The casting of Agnes Moorehead in this "silent" episode was an ironic flourish by director Douglas Heyes. At the time, Moorehead was famous for her powerful performance in the "Suspense" radio play, "Sorry, Wrong Number," an absolute classic of the medium, in which she was able terrorize audiences using only her voice. In "The Invaders" she had to use everything BUT her voice. See more »


This may be attributable to artistic license, however Rod appears in his prologue on the same visual scale as the old woman. Technically as a human he should have appeared on the scale of the invaders since he appears in front of the house, however that may have revealed the plot. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: This is one of the out-of-the-way places, the unvisited places, bleak, wasted, dying. This is a farmhouse, handmade, crude, a house without electricity or gas, a house untouched by progress. This is the woman who lives in the house, a woman who's been alone for many years, a strong, simple woman whose only problem up until this moment has been that of acquiring enough food to eat, a woman about to face terror, which is even now coming at her from - The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in The Pinball Arcade (2012) See more »

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Big "Water Cooler" Entry
29 December 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Get a load of that bare-bones shack. I'll bet even Ma Joad would snub it. Then there's the poor old lady living there all by herself without even a Sears catalog for a new dress. Yup, this is Grapes of Wrath on steroids. But most of all, pity those itty-bitty space aliens that land there. They're in for a big surprise because the old gal swings one mean axe. But then, who knows what those mysterious little critters have in their arsenal. All in all, it's a battle to the death somewhere in a Matheson never-never land.

As I recall, this was a "water-cooler" entry that got talked about big-time the next day. And why not since the premise is an exotic one. But it's really the bare-bones staging plus Agnes Moorehead's commanding turn that puts the story over. I'll bet the sets cost about a buck-eighty, but I really hope they paid Moorehead triple for her solo turn. Anyway, it's still a riveting entry with a wonderfully ironical upshot. So don't miss it.

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