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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Jeff Myrtlebank
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Comfort Gatewood
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Doc Bolton
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Orgram Gatewood
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Peters
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Pa Myrtlebank
Jon Lormer ...
Strauss
Ezelle Poule ...
Ma Myrtlebank
James Houghton ...
Jerry (as Jim Houghton)
Helen Wallace ...
Ma Gatewood
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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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23 February 1962 (USA)  »

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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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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 »

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[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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Waiting for the clincher
1 January 2012 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Although this episode is presented in flawless Twilight Zone style, it left me waiting for something a little bit more. It was almost like anticipating a punchline at the end of a 30-minute joke that never quite materializes. Yes, every square inch of this well produced episode screams bizarre, yet it lacked that final thought-provoking mental punch that most TZs dish out so very well. The acting is superb, although I kept expecting Edgar Buchanan to slip into his Petticoat Junction persona. The two leading characters mold themselves into the perfect country bumpkin characters, right down to the last shred of hillbilly "reckoning" that they portray.


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