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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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 »


When Allenby puts his hand on Corry's shoulder, he puts his hand high up near the neck. A moment later in a different camera angle, his hand is lower near Corry's shoulder. See more »


James A. Corry: Have a good trip back. Give my regards to Broadway.
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References Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »

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11 January 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In an undefined future, James A. Corry (Jack Warden) is a man sentenced to stay alone for fifty years on a distant asteroid. James was accused of murder but claims that it was in self-defense. After four and half years, James anxiously waits for Captain Allenby (John Dehner) and his crew that every now and then bring supplies to him to have someone to talk. When Captain Allenby arrives, he brings a big box with a surprise for James, the ultimate female robot Alicia (Jean Marsh) that is human- like and has feelings. James initially rejects her but soon he falls in love with her. On the next arrival of Captain Allenby, he informs James that he has been pardoned and will return to Earth. But the rocket does not have room for Alicia.

"The Lonely" is a futuristic tale of loneliness of "The Twilight Zone". The point is not whether James has murdered in self-defense or not, but his relationship with the beautiful female robot Alicia after four and half years alone. This episode seems to be source of inspiration of "Blade Runner" where the replicants are seem just as machines without feelings. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação - The Lonely" ("Beyond Imagination

  • The Lonely")

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