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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David Opatoshu ...
Dorn
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Philip Redfield
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Ellen Marshall
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Connolly
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Evans
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Father
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Girl (as Suzanne Cupito)
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Townsperson
Bart Burns ...
Townsperson
King Calder ...
Townsperson
Pat O'Hara ...
Townsperson
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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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The title comes from the King James Version of the 23rd Psalm in the Hebrew Bible. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." See more »

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When Philip Redfield first pulls into the gas station, he gets out and opens the radiator cap to check the water level. Opening the cap on a car that has just been driven causes hot water to rush out, but this didn't happen. Also the cap itself would have been burning hot. See more »

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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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Peaceful Valley
3 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Ed Nelson stars as newspaperman Philip Redfield who finds himself lost and car out of gas in a small secluded town in the middle of nowhere. After an incident involving his dog, he becomes suspicious of this place(called Peaceful Valley) and is determined to investigate, though the town leaders(led by David Opatoshu) try in vain to get him to drop it, and having learned their secret, Philip may have to stay there for good, though an attractive woman named Ellen Marshall(played by Natalie Trundy) may make his imprisonment tolerable. Interesting tale sets up more than it pays off, with a few loose ends and oddities, but remains an acceptable episode with an ambiguous ending(to some!)


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