Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 7

The Lonely (13 Nov. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" The Lonely (original title)

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A convict, living alone in an asteroid, receives from the police a realistic woman-robot.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
James A. Corry
Captain Allenby


Convicted criminal James Corry has been place in a very peculiar form of solitary confinement - he's alone on an asteroid 9 million miles from Earth. He's been there four and a half years now and is looking forward to the return of the supply ship and the goods it may have for him. When it arrives, Captain Allenby has something of a surprise for him: a female robot companion by the name of Alicia. She is human-like in every way but Corry can't but see her as a machine. He comes around however but they won't live happily ever after. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

13 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first of many Twilight Zone (1959) episodes (including Twilight Zone: I Shot an Arrow into the Air (1960), Twilight Zone: A Hundred Yards Over the Rim (1961) and Twilight Zone: The Rip Van Winkle Caper (1961)) to be filmed on location in Death Valley. Unprepared for the terrible conditions they would face, the crew suffered extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion and director of photography George T. Clemens even collapsed, falling from a camera crane while filming continued. See more »


After Captain Allenby shoots the robot the legs of the robot lie in a certain position. That position changes the next time we see the robot's legs. See more »


James A. Corry: Allenby, I don't much care what's in it
[the crate]
James A. Corry: . But for the thought, for the decency, thank you.
Captain Allenby: Quite welcome, Corry.
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References Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »

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A curiously romantic Episode
2 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many TZ episodes rely on a twist in the end to provide the entertainment. Many of the best know do this - "5 Characters', 'To Serve Man', 'Time Enough At Last' all come to mind.

The kind of thing that allows a 1 sentence total spoiler.

But there is another substantial body of episodes that do not have a twist at the end. Most have a cataclysmic event (I do not do spoilers) but they seem to be juggernauts, proceeding to their doom as surely as anything can.

This one is like that. Jean Marsh is wonderful in her earlier roles, as the robot companion smuggled to the intergalactic exile's bare asteroid/prison.

Typical of the Fatalist Serling's stories, this one will satisfy you if you are a Twilight Zone fan, but the ambush comes from the cold slap of reality.

That is what Romantic Tragedy is all about.

I think this is one of the best.

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