The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 3

The Shelter (29 Sep. 1961)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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A suburban dinner party is interrupted by a bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack. As the neighbors scramble to prepare themselves, they turn against the one family that installed a permanent bomb shelter.

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Episode complete credited cast:
Larry Gates ...
Dr. Bill Stockton
Joseph Bernard ...
Marty Weiss
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Jerry Harlowe
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Grace Stockton
Sandy Kenyon ...
Frank Henderson
Michael Burns ...
Paul Stockton
Jo Helton ...
Martha Harlowe
Moria Turner ...
Mrs. Weiss
Mary Gregory ...
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Dr. Bill Stockton has prepared well for any eventuality. He's built a bomb shelter for himself, his wife and his child. His neighbors on the other hand have done nothing to prepare. During a dinner party, there is an emergency announcement on the radio that unidentified objects have been sighted en route to the US and they may be under attack. As the Stockton's prepare to use their shelter their neighbors panic asking to be let into the shelter with them. Stockton refuses leading to an angry confrontation. Written by garykmcd

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Sandy Kenyon's character mentions going over to Bennett Avenue to get a pipe for a battering ram. Bennett Avenue is where creator Rod Serling grew up as a child in New York. See more »

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The shelter door was obviously plywood (when it finally broke, one could tell it was flimsy material). Even though it was supposed to be of a heavy substance, anything that could be opened with a battering ram would not withstand an atomic blast. See more »

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Dr. Bill Stockton: [Grace drops a jug of water] Take it easy, take it easy, now make believe it's perfume, and it costs $100 an ounce, and in a few hours it'll probably be worth more.
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Larry Gates plays Dr. Stockton, an amiable small town physician who is having a dinner party one night with his friends and neighbors. Things are fine until a surprise radio announcement is made that a mysterious unidentified object is on its way to the U.S., and residents should take shelter. The good doctor does have a bomb shelter ready for himself, his wife and son, but no one else, which doesn't sit well with his panicking neighbors, who have no shelter, and in fact want Stockton's, even if they have to bash down the door to get in... Chilling and all-too believable account of human beings under pressure, and how quickly they came become uncivilized is an underrated gem, with a final character summation that says it all...


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