The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Trouble with Templeton 

A nostalgic actor revisits his late wife and friends at their old haunt, only to find that he is now out of place there.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Booth Templeton
Laura Templeton
Arthur Willis
Sid Sperry
Freddie (as Larry Blake)
David Thursby ...
Charles S. Carlson ...
Barney Flueger (as Charles Carlson)


Booth Templeton is a renowned stage actor who has reached a stage in his personal life where he has idealized his past. In particular he has fond memories of his first wife, Laura. After a stressful encounter at the theater, he walks out of the stage door and finds himself in 1927 where he joins his wife and best friend, Barney Fluegler, for dinner. It all reminds him that his past was not as rosy as he may have remembered it. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1927 and 1960. See more »


When Booth grabs Laura to stop her dancing, her flapper beads end up hanging from her neck in two long strands, but later are shown intact. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Pleased to present for your consideration, Mr. Booth Tempelton, serious and successful star of over thirty Broadway plays, who is not quite all right today. Yesterday and its memories is what he wants, and yesterday is what he'll get. Soon his years and his troubles will descend on him in an avalanche. In order not to be crushed, Mr. Booth Templeton will escape from his theater and his world and make his debut on another stage in another world - that we call The Twilight Zone.
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2 March 2008 | by (Houston, Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful episode that doesn't seem to get the credit it deserves. Brian Aherne does a special job with his role here, and carries the day, but that isn't all there is to this one. The writing was first rate, and I believe this writer (E. Jack Neuman) was a rookie to the Twilight Zone. The twist was not predictable, and was carried out very well by the supporting cast. Also fun was seeing Sydney Pollack when his hair was still dark. Its tempting to say this is not a run-of-the-mill Twilight Zone episode, but actually, none of them were, so I guess my point is that this one stands out for reasons one might not expect, and since I don't want to write any spoilers here, I'll leave it for you to watch and see for yourselves. For me, I'll happily watch this one again, even knowing what the ending is.

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