The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Midnight Sun 

When the Earth falls out of orbit, two women try to cope with increasingly oppressive heat in a nearly abandoned city.



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Juney Ellis ...
Mrs. Shuster (as June Ellis)


In a world that is getting ever nearer to the sun, people are trying to find ways to deal with the extreme heat. Most people have gone north with Norma and Mrs. Bronson the only two people left in their apartment building. There is little or no infrastructure remaining and water is one commodity that is very much in demand. They panic when an intruder breaks into Norma's apartment and holds them, at least for a few moments, at gunpoint. All is not as it seems however. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 November 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Rod Serling's original script featured two characters who did not appear in the finished episode, a police officer and a refrigerator repairman. These roles are significant not only because Serling wrote them, but because he went so far as to cast them before he cut them from the script (Ned Glass was slated to be the repairman and John McLiam the police officer). Why they were cut probably traces back to Twilight Zone's budget problems, which had been growing significantly since James T. Aubrey, Jr. became chief executive of CBS in the show's second season. Similar problems occurred during the shooting of The Twilight Zone: The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross (1964). See more »


A global disaster such as that portrayed in this episode would have caused the government to declare an emergency. At the time of production of this episode people would have been instructed to tune their radios to 640 or 1240 Kc (Kilocycles) for the Conelrad (Control of Electromagnetic Radiation) bulletins. But when we hear the announcer on Norma's radio it is shown to be tuned to exactly 700 Kc. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: The poles of fear, the extremes of how the Earth might conceivably be doomed. Minor exercise in the care and feeding of a nightmare, respectfully submitted by all the thermometer-watchers - in The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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The Greatest Episode Ever
27 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

First saw when I was a child. So I understood just some of it, but it still left a lasting impression there was something that effects the subconscious, it is a real work of art. When I saw it later as an adult, and understood it all, it held up and there was that one thrilling moment with the thermometer! I also loved the one hour episode about the people experimenting with telepathy(better than it sounds, very haunting) Can never get enough of the Pig People and also the one where every one is forced to have plastic surgery to conform to the worlds idea beauty. Then of course, How to Serve Man. I think one of the scariest ones is with Billy Mummy controlling the town adults

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