Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 4

The Passersby (6 Oct. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Passersby (original title)

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A Confederate soldier and a widow meet during the end of the Civil War.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Confederate Sergeant
Lavinia Godwin
Rex Holman ...
Charlie Constable
David Garcia ...
Union Lieutenant
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Jud Godwin (as Warren Kemmerling)
Austin Green ...


In April 1865, at the end of the North American Civil War, a Confederate Sergeant with other wounded Union and Confederate soldiers, stops to ask the widow Lavinia Godwin for some water. He asks to rest for a while and they talk about the damages of war as she now lives in her destroyed mansion. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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6 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This takes place in April 1865, at the end of the American Civil War. See more »


The crutch used by the Confederate soldier is incorrect. The period crutch had only a single post with a slightly curved top piece under the shoulder. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: This road is the afterwards of the Civil War. It began at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and ended at a place called Appomattox. It's littered with the residue of broken battles and shattered dreams.
[a Confederate soldier passing by a plantation house stops and has a conversation with the recently widowed owner sitting on the front porch]
Narrator: [narration continues] In just a moment, you will enter a strange province that knows neither North nor South, a place we call - The Twilight ...
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One of the all-time best.
12 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are so many accolades about Rod Serling's long-running "Twilight Zone" series that adding yet another glowing review seems redundant. But as a long time TZ aficionado (for over 50-years), this episode ranks among his best... the perfect casting, the script, the incredibly attention to detail—it's all here. Mr. Serling was a WWII vet, and so a strong edge of anti-war sentiment infuses many of his best stories, this one perhaps better than most. As one reviewer has already said, this tale scrupulously avoids the preachy or more maudlin aspects of typical anti-war stories, truly bringing together both warring factions in this post Civil War tale. It brings into sharp focus both the full tragedy and futility of war, where both the winners and the losers, the victors and the vanquished, suffer equally. After watching the superb Daniel Day Lewis in "Lincoln" recently, I couldn't help but compare his star turn to the short scene featuring an equally amazing Austin Green as Lincoln in the gracefully aging TZ version. Not only was he a dead ringer for the president, but even had his his high, thin voice down pat, perhaps one of the best characterizations of our 16th president in film memory.

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