The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Purple Testament 

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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Capt. Phil Riker
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Lt. Fitzgerald
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Sergeant
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Lieutenant Colonel
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Smitty
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Orderly
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Freeman
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Jeep Driver
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Harmonica Man
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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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12 February 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode takes place in the Philippines in January 1945. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lt. Fitzgerald: I'm five for five captain. How many coincidences add up to a fact?
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Connections

Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Into the Light (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

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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There is a good Mexican variation... Macario...
3 October 2006 | by (Atwater, USA) – See all my reviews

I know how the lieutenant in this episode feels. I've had similar occurrences from time to time. I would rather have them disproved... though some people would rather heighten the experience...

Very well done, and just a fantastic episode from a fantastic series, that modern imitations don't equal in elegance.

It is great to see Dick York full of vigor, having seen his last years was tough. The light and use of black and white add well.

It is amazing what they could accomplish in just 30 minutes... of which only about 22 comprise the episode. Simple, inexpensive, yet entertaining.


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