Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 19

The Purple Testament (12 Feb. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Purple Testament (original title)

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A U.S. army lieutenant serving in the Philippines during WWII develops a harrowing ability to see in the faces of the men of his platoon, who will be the next ones to die.

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In the Philippines in 1945, army Lt. Fitzgerald has developed the disturbing ability to look into his men's faces and know who will be killed in the next battle. He says it's like a light is shined on their face. His superior, Capt. Phil Riker, consults the medical officer but he finds nothing conclusive. Fitzgerald passes out when visiting one of his wounded men in the hospital after he sees the light on his face. When he sees the light on Riker's face, he begs him not to go out. After they return from the operation, he sees that there will be one other casualty that day. Written by garykmcd

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Riker (Dick York) says "None of us is a mind-reader." York later starred in Twilight Zone: A Penny for Your Thoughts (1961) in which his character gained telepathy. See more »

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Captain Riker and Lieutenant Fitzgerald are wearing their insignia, which is incorrect. Officers serving in front line units made a point not to wear their insignia because it identified them as high priority targets for Japanese snipers. See more »

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Lt. Fitzgerald: I'm five for five captain. How many coincidences add up to a fact?
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Into the Light (2003) See more »

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Largo
(aka Going Home) (uncredited)
from Symphony No. 9 in E Minor 'From the New World', Op. 95
Music by Antonín Dvorák
Arranged by Lucien Moraweck
Played by the 'Harmonica Man' when Captain Riker puts some photos and his wedding ring on the table,
and again at the end
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You See It in the Face
1 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very nice episode. It is about a curse. A World War II platoon leader is able to see a light in the face of those who will die that day. It is a true curse because he is responsible for them in battle. This puts him in a very difficult position. He can't eat. He can't sleep. He also can't convince others that he is not crazy. Much of the episode is about his efforts to be listened to. He sees the light in the face of his best friend and fellow officer, played by Dick York. This is a human story with a supernatural element. The acting is very good. The war is presented. The faces of the men show the incredible strain of battle. Of course, Serling sets us up for a classic Twilight Zone moment.


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