Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 8

The Lateness of the Hour (2 Dec. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Lateness of the Hour (original title)

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The daughter of an inventor objects to their "perfect" home where they are waited on by mechanical servants.

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Jana Loren is an attractive young woman who lives at home with her parents. She feels suffocated living there however, surrounded by their many servants - that are in fact human-looking robots created by her inventor father. Her parents are quite happy with the life they lead but realize the they're going to have to do something about the rebellious Jana, including revealing at least one secret they have kept from her. Written by garykmcd

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The first of six Twilight Zone (1959) episodes to be videotaped. See more »

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As Jana and her father are arguing in the study, the camera cuts to a shot of Mrs. Loren sitting in an overstuffed chair watching them. At that moment a shadow passes across her body; it's either a crew member of a piece of equipment - possibly a camera - since there are only two other characters in the scene and neither of them are near Mrs. Loren. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Let this be the postscript, should you be worn out by the rigors of competing in a very competive world, if you're distraught from having to share your existence with the noises and neurosises of the twentieth century, if you crave serenity but want it full time and with no string attached, get yourself a workroom in a basement, and then drop a note to Dr. and Mrs. William Loren. They're a childless couple who made comfort a life's work, and maybe there are a few ...
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Inger Stevens gives us a master's class in acting
19 May 2013 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Maybe it was the stage where her star would have shown the brightest. I say that because as it was shot on video tape, this episode has a theater feel to it and Inger Stevens is the "grande dame" of this short play.

As a former actor/director myself (not on any big scale or even small), I can tell that this young lady clearly did her homework on this part and she took advantage of the wonderful words and character she was given to create, I suspect, in a very short amount of time. Each motivation was strongly chosen and came from deep within her. I like Inger Stevens because she's raw and she's real. I don't see that too much with today's stars (as opposed to actors).

In defense of the six episodes that were shot on video. I like them and I wish they did more (but certainly not all)! I like to intimate, live TV/theater, daytime soap opera feel that black and white video tape gives. For this particular episode, it was totally appropriate to shoot this on video. I think it made it even creepier. Twilight Zone was partially about experimentation with this new medium of TV and I, for one, am glad they did.


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