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: [Opening Narration] The residence of Dr. William Loren, which is in reality a menagerie for machines. We're about to discover that sometimes the product of man's talent and genius can walk amongst us untouched by the normal ravages of time. These are Dr. Loren's robots, built to function, as well as artistic perfection. But in a moment, Dr. William Loren, wife, and daughter will discover that perfection is relative, that even robots have to be paid for, and very shortly will be shown exactly ...
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Not TZ's finest hour.
4 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A disappointing entry that begins with a strangely atmospheric air of intrigue and stars the delightful ,talented and tragic Miss Inger Stevens. Some creepy moments like when a robot-maid tumbles down stairs and instantly reacts with a mischievous grin. Yet the promising signs coming from this odd scenario lead to an unsatisfying conclusion. Inger Stevens (also in 'The Hitch Hiker',series one) plays an inventors daughter who suddenly becomes discontent with her status in a 'perfect' environment, waited on by robotic servants. With a little more care in the writing and direction this could have been a good part for her. However ,there is too much outright telling of narrative issues rather than showing, and the ending is one of the worst in the Zone.

I preferred Rod Serling's story from 'Night Gallery' called 'You Just Cant Get Help Like That Anymore' where Chloris Leachman and Broderick Crawford played a crazy couple with robot servants and Lana Wood played a maid.


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