Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 5

Walking Distance (30 Oct. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" Walking Distance (original title)

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A man makes a time travel to his childhood, when he's just a few miles away from his native town.

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Martin Sloan
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Robert Sloan
Irene Tedrow ...
Mrs. Sloan
Michael Montgomery ...
Young Marty
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Wilcox Boy (as Ronnie Howard)
Byron Foulger ...
Charlie
Sheridan Comerate ...
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Joe Corey ...
Soda Jerk (as Joseph Corey)
Buzz Martin ...
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Nan Peterson ...
Woman in Park
Pat O'Malley ...
Mr. Wilson
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The busy and stress VP of a company Martin Sloan stops his car at a gas station in a road and the attendant tells that he needs to change the oil. Martin sees a warning plate informing that Homewood is 1.5 miles away from the spot and he decides to walk to revisit his hometown. Soon he finds that he has returned to the past and he finds himself and his parents in the place. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The episode was filmed predominantly at sets built for Meet Me in St. Louis (1959). The carousel used in the episode was a rental. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Martin Sloan, age thirty-six. Occupation: vice-president, ad agency, in charge of media. This is not just a Sunday drive for Martin Sloan. He perhaps doesn't know it at the time - but it's an exodus. Somewhere up the road, he's looking for sanity. And somewhere up the road, he'll find something else.
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Now I understand...
30 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The confluence of three factors make this a timeless masterpiece for me: Bernard Herrmann's haunting score that reaches secret corners deep within; the universal desire to escape one's ineluctable destiny, back to one's safe, sheltered past; and Serling's World War II experiences, which warped him into the master story-teller he became. Each of us dreams of a return to the paradise of childhood, however fanciful. In most of us, something gives, something snaps, and we reluctantly turn away, back to face our fate. Serling understood and accepted this natural process. Thanks partly to Walking Distance, I now understand it, too.


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