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
King Calder ...
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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9 December 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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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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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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