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"Twilight Zone" Third from the Sun (1960)"The Twilight Zone" Third from the Sun (original title)

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Twilight Zone: Season 1: Episode 14 -- Two families of Government employees plan to steal a spaceship and travel to another planet just prior to World War III. They must also deal with a stooge who wants to stop them.


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Rod Serling (teleplay)
Richard Matheson (based on a short story by)
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Original Air Date:
8 January 1960 (Season 1, Episode 14)
Two families of Government employees plan to steal a spaceship and travel to another planet just prior to a nuclear war. They must also deal with a stooge who wants to stop them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fritz Weaver ... William Sturka

Edward Andrews ... Carling
Joe Maross ... Jerry Riden
Denise Alexander ... Jody Sturka
Lori March ... Eve Sturka
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
S. John Launer ... PA Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Will J. White ... Guard (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard L. Bare 
Writing credits
Rod Serling (teleplay)

Richard Matheson (based on a short story by)

Rod Serling  created by (uncredited)

Produced by
Buck Houghton .... producer
Rod Serling .... executive producer: Cayuga Productions
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography) (as Harry Wild)
Film Editing by
Bill Mosher 
Casting by
Millie Gusse  (as Mildred Gusse)
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
William Ferrari 
Set Decoration by
Rudy Butler 
Henry Grace 
Production Management
Ralph W. Nelson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward O. Denault .... assistant director (as Edward Denault)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... sound (as Frank Milton)
Philip Mitchell .... sound
Van Allen James .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Scott Lawson .... colorist (uncredited)
Other crew
Herbert Klynn .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Twilight Zone: Third from the Sun (#1.14)" - USA (original title)
25 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

The title refers to the position of our planet Earth in its order revolving around the sun. Earth comes after Mercury and Venus, whose orbits are closer to our sun.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the Sturka car is being driven, there is engine noise but no road noise.See more »
Narrator:[Closing Narration] Behind a tiny ship heading into space is a doomed planet on the verge of suicide. Ahead lies a place called Earth, the third planet from the sun. And for William Sturka and the men and women with him, it's the eve of the beginning - in the Twilight Zone.See more »


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38 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
The Twilight Zone At Its Best!, 17 June 2006
Author: glenn01880 from United States

This is the reason I watch The Twilight Zone.

The episode Third from the Sun is absolutely amazing to watch. The twist ending has to be one of the best ever used during the series five season run. Fritz Weaver does amazing job as the main character in the episode. Edward Andrews has to be one of the creepiest villains ever in the Twilight Zone, he does a great job. You should also pay close attention to the amazing camera angles used by director Richard L. Bare. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to get into The Twilight Zone and also those who are already fans but have not had the chance to see this great episode.

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