Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 9

The Trouble with Templeton (9 Dec. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Trouble with Templeton (original title)

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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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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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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 »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Mr. Booth Templeton, who shared with most human beings the hunger to recapture the past moments, the ones that soften with the years. But in his case, the characters of his past blocked him out and sent him back to his own time, which is where we find him now. Mr. Booth Templeton, who had a round-trip ticket - into The Twilight Zone.
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Are We Watching the Same Episode???
26 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm bemused that so many reviewers seem to have missed the point of this stellar and poignant excursion into The Twilight Zone.

Brian Aherne plays Booth Templeton, an aging stage icon who dwells in the past, still longing for his late wife, Laura, who died at 25. The first day of rehearsal for a new play brutally catalyzes a trip backwards during which Booth is reunited with not only with Laura but beloved friends as well, all deceased.

While I'm not going to spoil the episode for those who somehow haven't yet seen it, suffice it to say that its point is ultimately NOT "the past isn't all that it's cracked up to be," or some such. The actual resolution, which is far more subtle and ingenious, is what fuels Booth with the resolve to move on with his life and leaves us, the viewers, glowing like a torch. See it for yourself and behold the glory of 1960s television at its finest.


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