The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 23

The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank (23 Feb. 1962)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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:
Jeff Myrtlebank
Comfort Gatewood
Doc Bolton
Lance Fuller ...
Orgram Gatewood
Ralph Moody ...
Pa Myrtlebank
Jon Lormer ...
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)


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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23 February 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A mailbox by the side of street reads "M. Pittman", for the director and writer of the episode Montgomery Pittman See more »


There are six air holes drilled at the head of Jeff Myrtlebank's coffin. 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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25 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great example of one of the best shows ever, at least one of the best written one's. While maybe not the best episode, this is my personal favorite. At his funeral, Jeff Myrtlebank comes out of his coffin and complains to the people who put him in there. The doctor is baffled, his fiancé curious, and the townspeople shocked. Even though there was no autopsy, the doctor was almost positive he was dead and he does not seem like the same person he was before. Finnally the townspeople decide to confront Jeff. The acting is good. The direction fast paced. A great example of small town paranoia & black humor. Holds up well today. Love the ending.

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