The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Rip Van Winkle Caper 

After successfully stealing a gold shipment, a group of criminals and their scientist accomplice put themselves in suspended animation in a remote desert cave. When they awaken decades later, complications ensue when their truck is destroyed.


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Episode complete credited cast:
De Cruz
Farwell (as Oscar Beregi)
Wallace Rooney ...
Shirley O'Hara ...
George's Wife


Four thieves steal $1 million in gold bullion in a train robbery and hide the money in a mountainside cave. The four plan to go into suspended animation for approximately 100 years when they hope to awaken as extremely rich men with their heist long forgotten. When they awaken, they're not quite sure what year it is. One of them, De Cruz, has his eye on getting as much of the gold for himself as he possibly can. The world they have awakened in isn't exactly what they had hoped for. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

21 April 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to the story written by Washington Irving and published in 1819. See more »


The men are fully dressed when they are gassed and fall asleep within their glass cases. However, one hundred years later, when Erbie is discovered dead by the others, his body has become a skeleton but his clothing has vanished. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Introducing, four experts in the questionable art of crime: Mr. Farwell, expert on noxious gases, former professor, with a doctorate in both chemistry and physics; Mr. Erbie, expert in mechanical engineering; Mr. Brooks, expert in the use of firearms and other weaponry; and Mr. De Cruz, expert in demolition and various forms of destruction. The time is now, and the place is a mountain cave in Death Valley, U.S.A. In just a moment, these four men will utilize the services of a...
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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Economics 101
23 June 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Mastermind Beregui leads three other crooks in gold bullion heist, planning to come back 100 years hence through use of suspended animation.

Interesting episode with several nice twists. Still and all, why would anyone risk life and limb in a gold bullion heist when he's got a blueprint for suspended animation that's easily worth millions. Oh well, this is the twilight zone. Episode benefits from Death Valley locations and expert make-up that makes mastermind Beregui's face almost crack open with thirst. Futuristic car lends authenticity to time passage; however more imagination should have gone into the futuristic humans. They look too much like suburbanites from the 1960's. Even so, it's an entertaining half-hour with a nice slice of economic wisdom included.

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