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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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Martin Sloan
Robert Sloan
Irene Tedrow ...
Mrs. Sloan
Michael Montgomery ...
Young Marty
Wilcox Boy (as Ronnie Howard)
Byron Foulger ...
Sheridan Comerate ...
Gas Station Attendant
Joe Corey ...
Soda Jerk (as Joseph Corey)
Buzz Martin ...
Nan Peterson ...
Woman in Park
Pat O'Malley ...
Mr. Wilson


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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30 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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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Referenced in Super 8 (2011) See more »


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Music by Johann Strauß
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Goes A Long Way.
7 February 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Gig Young plays Martin Sloan in this. There's a second lead character called Sloan in the Rod Serling written 'On Thursday We Leave For Home' in series four. Other surnames that Serling gave to a vital character more than once in a TZ episode are Horn, Koch, and Beechcroft.

'Walking Distance' explores a subject that Serling touched on several times in TZ and 'Night Gallery', that of a man going back to a happier time in his life. Martin Sloan is first seen honking his car horn and looking agitated. He is the vice-president of an ad agency and at thirty-six finds himself by chance within walking distance of Homewood where he grew up. First he meets a little boy (Ron Howard) who says he cant be Martin Sloan and runs away, but Sloan begins to realize the happy days of his childhood are still happening here.

The story is deceptively simple but the message is strong. You only get one unique stab at life and you must cherish the present. Martin Sloan gains a fantastic perspective by chasing after his eleven-year-old self hoping to tell him to enjoy the 'happiest' part of his life. The essence of a carefree childhood can stay a valuable part of you.

The carousel is a good plot device interestingly filmed for showing the elusive and magical quality of childhood happiness that nonetheless is nearer to you than you think. Walking distance actually.

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