A reporter stumbles into a peaceful town where miracles seem to occur due to technology and the townsfolk won't let him leave.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Philip Redfield
Ellen Marshall
Girl (as Suzanne Cupito)
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Pat O'Hara ...
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Off the beaten path, reporter Philip Redmond stops in a small town, Peaceful Valley, to gas up and perhaps get a bite to eat. When his dog Rollie runs off after a cat, a young girl, Cissy, points a device at the animal and makes it disappear. Her father brings the dog back but Phil finds it all very strange. When he tries to leave town, his car crashes into an invisible barrier preventing his departure. He's shaken up and the town's mayor, Dorn, reveals their secret to him. Philip is given the choice to join them or die - and chooses the former, though human instincts soon take hold forcing a confrontation. Written by garykmcd

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17 January 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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[closing narration]
Narrator: You've seen them. Little towns, tucked away far from the main roads. You've seen them, but have you thought about them? Have you wondered what the people do in such places, why they stay? Philip Redfield thinks about them now, and he wonders, but only very late at night, when he's between wakefulness and sleep - in The Twilight Zone.
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A dandy one hour episode--one of the best
9 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A man (Ed Nelson) wanders into a small town. Everything seems normal until he sees that miracles can take place in this town--the dead can be brought to life and everyone lives in perfect harmony. The town's leader explains that although they have this wonderful technology as a result of a brilliant scientist from the town, they cannot divulge the secrets to the world, as humans would misuse and hurt each other with these great powers. Nelson disagrees, so it's up to Opatoshu to stop him at any price in order to save humanity.

This is one of the best of the one hour episodes from season four. Much of the reason it's so good is that it was very well written and exciting and I also liked it because it starred one of the better character actors from TV of his time, David Opatoshu. While his name is probably not known to 99.9% of the people out there, his face is rather familiar, having done some wonderful guest appearances on STAR TREK, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE and many other series of the day.

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