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
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Laura Templeton
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Arthur Willis
Dave Willock ...
Marty
King Calder ...
Sid Sperry
Larry J. Blake ...
Freddie (as Larry Blake)
David Thursby ...
Eddie
Charles S. Carlson ...
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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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This episode takes place in 1927 and 1960. See more »

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When Booth first appears in 1927, "The Great Seed" movie poster facing the street has the sign "1927's big hit!" slanted down to the right and covering up the name "Booth." The different poster behind it has the "1927's big hit!" horizontal and "acclaim it" instead of Booth's name. When Booth runs back to the theatre from the speakeasy the posters are swapped. Then when Booth examines the poster up close it switches back. 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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Wonderful episode, but one key scene makes this one of the most moving.
7 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brian Aherne very ably plays the role of Booth Templeton, an aging actor, whose one true love -- Laura, his first wife -- had died early, leaving him to marry a much younger woman in his grief who flagrantly cavorts with young men at their own pool. He longs for his beautiful wife, and -- this being the Twilight Zone, after all -- things take an interesting turn, but it's not quite as easy to predict as one might think. At the close of the scene that is the central part of this story, you see a young Pippa Scott wordlessly convey more emotion with her eyes, face, and body than anyone could ever do with words, which she speaks not one during this part. It's an incredibly poignant moment, and it lifts an already good story into a great one, and Aherne elegantly carries it. Don't look for anything terrifying in this one, but you will find one of the finest episodes in this one.


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