The Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 9

The Trouble with Templeton (9 Dec. 1960)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Booth Templeton
Laura Templeton
Arthur Willis
Dave Willock ...
King Calder ...
Sid Sperry
Larry J. Blake ...
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 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 »


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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OVERLOOKED ! -that's the trouble
11 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

PLEASE watch this grossly overlooked and under appreciated entry in the anthology. If you think of the Zone as just tales with a twist, aliens, cowboys, or comedy anti- heroes, THEN THIS WLL CHANGE THAT PERCEPTION.

Templeton (Brian Aherne) is an aging actor unhappy in the present and still missing his deceased first wife Laura (Pippa Scott). He clashes with a director (Sydney Pollack-good casting) and starts to walk out of the first rehearsal of a new play. Templeton finds himself back in his heyday-the 1920's- and meets his wife again.

There is a superb scene in a speakeasy where the action comes to a halt, producing one of the loveliest moments in TZ.

Overlooked, but you can do something to change that.

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