The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Trade-Ins 

An elderly couple shop for younger replacement bodies, then resort to desperate measures to cover the cost.



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Holt
Noah Keen ...
Mr. Vance
Alma Platt ...
Marie Holt
Theodore Marcuse ...
Farraday (as Ted Marcuse)
Young John Holt
Terence de Marney ...
Gambler (as Terrence deMarney)
Gambler (as Billy Vincent)
Mary McMahon ...
David Armstrong ...


John and Marie Holt have been married for a great many years. Age is catching up with them and John is frequently in pain. They visit the New Life Corporation where they have the opportunity to have their consciousness transferred to new, younger bodies. They only have enough money to pay for one transformation however and once complete, a decision on their future life together must be made. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

20 April 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joseph Schildkraut's second wife (of 29 years) died during the 3-day filming of "The Trade-Ins" in 1962. Coming from a theatrical family, he insisted on finishing the production before he'd begin mourning. Here, he plays an elderly man who must choose between a new body for himself or living the rest of his life with his wife in a pain-wracked body. See more »


As the lifeless "Cocktail Hour" models move out of frame in the showroom, the woman is seen moving her arm. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: From Khalil Gibran's The Prophet: 'Love gives not but itself and takes not from itself, love possesses not nor would it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love.' Not a lesson, just a reminder, from all the sentimentalists - in The Twilight Zone.
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13 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting sci-fi episode of the series. In future, the sick and elderly CAN buy all-new bodies--bodies that will allow them to live another 100+ years. Unfortunately for the sweet old couple who star in the show, they can only afford the procedure for one of them...but which one?! The man (the excellent actor Joseph Schildkraut) has an idea. Perhaps he can win the money they need by playing poker--but he's obviously out of his league with these high-stake players. What happens with these cunning sharks is actually very touching--and came as a nice surprise. I'd say more, but to talk about this AND the ensuing procedure would unfortunately spoil the show for you. Suffice to say, it's very, very well done and worth seeing.

To me the best aspect of this show is not the strange plot (which IS good) but the fine acting. Schildkraut, in particular, is very, very good and this is one of the more memorable episodes because it's so very sweet and beautiful. Well worth seeing.

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