Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 23

The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank (23 Feb. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank (original title)

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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:
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Jeff Myrtlebank
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Comfort Gatewood
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Doc Bolton
Lance Fuller ...
Orgram Gatewood
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Peters
Ralph Moody ...
Pa Myrtlebank
Jon Lormer ...
Strauss
Ezelle Poule ...
Ma Myrtlebank
James Houghton ...
Jerry (as Jim Houghton)
Helen Wallace ...
Ma Gatewood
William Fawcett ...
Reverend Siddons
Mabel Forrest ...
Mrs. Ferguson
Vickie Barnes ...
Liz Myrtlebank
Patrick Hector ...
Tom (as Pat Hector)
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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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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 »

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When Jeff's fiancée, Comfort, comes to warn him about the angry group of men coming to threaten him, the line in the script is "I rode out to warn you. There's a group of men comin' out from town. They're gonna ask you to move out of the county." Instead, Sherry Jackson, the actress playing Comfort, flubs the line, and says "I rode out to warn you. There's a group of men coming out from town. They're gonna ask you to move out of the COUNTRY." Jackson apparently had been having so much trouble saying the line as written that director, Montgomery Pittman, left the mistaken word in the final cut. See more »

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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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'I'm getting' sick and tired of the way everyone's treatin' me like a vampire'.
9 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Writer-director Montgomery Pittman wrote three TZ stories, all for series three and all fairly good ('Two' and 'The Grave' being the others), and all dealing with something beyond death or destruction. Pittman was a very short time away from death from cancer when he made this entry about a young country man who sits up in his coffin at his own funeral service.

Jeff Myrtlebank (James Best) is a much liked but undistinguished member of an unsophisticated community that starts jumping to a bizarre conclusion over his resurrection and character transformation. Odd things are happening around Jeff. Clearly an allegory addressing superstition, prejudices, and ignorance, this is a timeless, gentle tale well told.


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