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
Rod Serling does not appear for his speech until almost 7 minutes in, which is unusually late for this series. Also a rarity is that his speech does not contain the words Twilight Zone. See more »
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 »
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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Several reviewers have noted that this episode looks cheaper than other episodes.
In 1960, early into its second season, The Twilight Zone had already gone well over its budget. To cut production costs, six episodes were taped on video. These six episodes ("Static," "The Whole Truth," "The Night of the Meek," "Twenty Two," "Long Distance Call," and this one) were indeed shot on a sound stage, and they are therefore notable for their plots' occurring entirely in one indoor location.
As anomalies, though, each of the six episodes is interesting because each is carefully written and constructed as a low-budget, more cerebral affair. In each, stagey dialogue takes the place of action and exposition because, obviously, each of the six experimental episodes had to be filmed without making use of costly sets, special effects, or exterior shots. "The Lateness of the Hour" is among the more successful attempts, I think.
The cheapened production was obvious to viewers, though, and to quote Wikipedia, the savings were not so great as to "justify the loss of depth of visual perspective, which made the shows look like stagebound live TV dramas. The experiment was therefore deemed a failure and never attempted again."
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