The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank 

A young man wakes up at his own funeral and wants to know what the heck is going on. The townfolk are glad to see him back, but they begin to wonder if he's a man.. or something else?



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jeff Myrtlebank
Comfort Gatewood
Doc Bolton
Orgram Gatewood
Pa Myrtlebank
Jon Lormer ...
Ezelle Poule ...
Ma Myrtlebank
James Houghton ...
Jerry (as Jim Houghton)
Helen Wallace ...
Ma Gatewood
Reverend Siddons
Mabel Forrest ...
Mrs. Ferguson
Vickie Barnes ...
Liz Myrtlebank
Patrick Hector ...
Tom (as Pat Hector)


Everyone at Jeff Myrtlebank's funeral service is shocked when he pushes the coffin lid open and steps out, seemingly in perfect health. Old Doc Bolton mumbles some ridiculous explanation and the people there settle down a bit. Obviously his family is happy that he's back with them and his fiancée welcomes him as he is, with no questions asked. They do notice that he's a bit different. As time goes on however, rumors begin spread and the locals decide to take action. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 February 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sherry Jackson, who plays Comfort, was the stepdaughter of the episode's director Montgomery Pittman. Pittman had previously directed the famous episode "Two," and had wanted Jackson to play the female soldier. She was deemed to be too young for the role and it went to Elizabeth Montgomery instead. See more »


In the breakfast scene, the front shot shows Pa Myrtlebank with a forkful of egg and there is a full piece of toast on his plate. When they switch to a rear shot, he is still holding the forkful of egg but the toast is gone. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Time: the mid-twenties. Place: the Midwest - the southernmost section of the Midwest. We were just witnessing a funeral, a funeral that didn't come off exactly as planned, due to a slight fallout - from The Twilight Zone.
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Perhaps not brilliant, but quite enjoyable.
17 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode starts off oddly--something that isn't too unusual for this series! The setting is the deep South and a man is about to be buried--the only problem is, he just woke up and has no intention of allowing this! As for the people in the community, they are freaked out to say the least, but they're also a very superstitious group and don't think it's right that he won't cooperate with their plans! However, the man (James Best) soon realizes that he doesn't have to put up with their prejudices and fears and sees that he can use this to his own advantage. Naturally, being "The Twilight Zone", there is a cute twist at the end that wraps it up very well.

While will readily admit that this is not among the best episodes, it is very good and holds up well over the years. A clever twist and a nice light comedic aspect of the show make this one a winner.

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