The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street 

On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity.

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Steve Brand
Barry Atwater ...
Les Goodman
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Charlie Farnsworth
Jan Handzlik ...
Tommy
Amzie Strickland ...
Woman
Burt Metcalfe ...
Don Martin
Mary Gregory ...
Sally
Jason Johnson ...
Man
Anne Barton ...
Myra Brand
Leah Waggner ...
Mrs. Goodman (as Lea Waggner)
Joan Sudlow ...
Old Woman
Ben Erway ...
Pete Van Horn
Lyn Guild ...
Mrs. Farnsworth
Sheldon Allman ...
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On a pleasant day, the residents of Maple Street feel something akin to a tremor and hear a loud noise. Steve Brand thinks it's a meteorite though they didn't hear a create. When young Tommy tells them the science fiction story he read about an alien invasion where they were first sent among humans to live with them in disguise, paranoia sets in. They first suspect Les Goodman and loudmouth Charlie Farnsworth then points the finger at Steve and then Tommy. Events turn on Charlie as everyone runs amok. Written by garykmcd

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4 March 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

A radio dramatization was produced in the mid-2000s with Frank John Hughes playing Steve Brand, and was included in The Twilight Zone (1959): Radio Dramas collection in Volume 2. See more »

Goofs

When the neighbors go over to talk to Les Goodman about his car starting, as he walks onto his porch, you can see his address is 321, and there is a porch light. When he starts to explain his insomnia, you can see there are just holes on the front of the house where the address and light were. Then, as night falls and his wife brings his a glass of milk on the porch, the address and light are there again. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.52 (2016) See more »

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What a GREAT episode
9 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is among the very best episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE because it is such a great look at human nature. The show is set in a typical American city circa 1960 and has a very large and capable ensemble cast.

The show begins with strange things happening. Cars inexplicably stop, as do the televisions, radios and telephones. In fact, life pretty much comes to a grinding halt and everyone is naturally left confused and worried. Initially, the community in which this is set comes together with neighbors going out in the streets to ask what is happening. However, in a sinister twist, over time, instead of banding together, they begin sniping at each other--and people start blaming each other for the weird happenings. This is a great look at human nature and the very end of the show is a terrific twist.

This is a great episode for psychology and sociology lovers, though anyone can enjoy this subtle episode.


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