Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 15

The Invaders (27 Jan. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Invaders (original title)

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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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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, where Moorehead was able terrorize audiences using only her voice. In "The Invaders" she was forced to use anything but. See more »

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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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Agnes Moorehead: one terrific actress.
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It is unfortunate that Agnes Moorehead is largely known to baby boomers and subsequent generations by her most famous TV character, the one-dimensional "Endora," mother of Samantha the witch on "Bewitched" (and unloving mother-in-law of the much-put-upon Darrin Stevens). She was one of the most interesting and versatile character actresses for over three decades, from her first film role as the birth mother of the title character in "Citizen Kane" until her untimely death from cancer in the early 1970s. Her other roles included the working-class aunt of the title character (played by Jane Wyman, Ronald Reagan's ex) in the rural-Canadian-set melodrama "Johnny Belinda," a woman with evil intent in the Bogart/Bacall noir "Dark Passage," and the shrewish but benevolent maid who tries (and fails) to save the title character (Bette Davis) from evil plotters in the Grand Guignol horror classic "Hush, Hush...Sweet Charlotte." In this justly-beloved episode of "The Twilight Zone" (with a none-too-surprising twist ending which will not be revealed here), Moorehead is a simple hard-working rural woman living alone in a farmhouse who is besieged by little space-suited men armed with ray guns. She protects herself and her homestead with absolutely no dialogue, and demonstrates a range of emotions, especially a very convincing terror, as she confronts the intruders on her peaceful rustic retreat.


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