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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The title is from a quote from William Shakespeare's play Richard The Second, act 3, scene 3. (It is NOT from Richard The Third as the Rod Serling narration claims.) "He is come to open the purple testament of bleeding war." See more »

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Captain Riker and Lieutenant Fitzgerald are wearing their insignia. Officers serving on the Pacific Front made a point not to wear this 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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The Caissons Go Rolling Along
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Written by Edmund L. Gruber
Arranged by Lucien Moraweck
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'War stinks!'
9 February 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Rod Serling came close to death himself in the Philippines in WW2, the setting of this entry. The title is taken from Shakespeare's 'Richard III' that Serling quotes from at the end. Lieutenant Fitzgerald (William Reynolds) finds that he has a very disturbing supernatural ability to foresee death impending on the faces of other soldiers. He explains this situation to Captain Riker (Dick York).

Death is something we just don't want to foresee and this Zone is about the nightmare of one man possessing such terrible knowledge in a tense situation where such knowledge is least welcome, as death is close to the soldiers anyway. The pace may be slow but the horror is unrelenting.

Sad, nightmarish, but poignant as well as one soldier looks on a wedding photo of a recently deceased colleague saying 'War stinks!.


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