The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Lateness of the Hour 

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



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Loren
Irene Tedrow ...
Mrs. Loren
Tom Palmer ...
Mary Gregory ...
Valley Keene ...
Doris Karnes ...
Jason Johnson ...


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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Release Date:

2 December 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Rod Serling does not appear for his speech until almost 7 minutes in, which is unusually late for this series. See more »


After Jana (the daughter) finishes banging her fist on the staircase handrail, a shadow moves behind her. As it moves it appears to be an arm shadow, but not from Jana. See more »


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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as old as the first machine.
6 April 2008 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Like many episodes of this series, this one tells an interesting story. It peeks into one of the yearning questions that bothers men as science progresses and somehow seems to escape the stiff control of the human being. The story has haunted people since our early days: The creation that revolts against the creator has one of its classic takes on Frankenstein, so maybe the variations of the theme shouldn't surprise us anymore; nevertheless it still has the force to impress us. But what is startling is that this episode was shot 47 years ago, but it has aged well. The question haunts us today as it has for 200 years. Nowadays we not only talk about robots, but we speak about cloning human beings. So our fears not only haven't diminished, but they have increased geometrically. To add to the interest of this episode is the acting of Inger Stevens as the daughter. Not only is she one of the most beautiful presences of the screen, but she carries quite well the drama of the story. Her acting subtly conveys the predicaments of the confrontation of men against the machine. This combination of great acting skills in such an attractive creature is rarely seen today.

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