The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Shelter 

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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Joseph Bernard ...
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Martha Harlowe
Moria Turner ...
Mrs. Weiss
Mary Gregory ...


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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29 September 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Dr. Bill Stockton: You better get on home and get into your shelter... eh, your basement, and I'd board up the windows if I were you.
Jerry Harlowe: Bill, we don't have any cellar, remember? The advantages of modern architecture, we have the only modern house on the block. We get everything at your beck and call, everything at your fingertips, even got an electric launderer right off the back room. All the wonders of modern science taken into account except that thing that's heading here right now.
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27 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

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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