The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Walking Distance 

A man travels back in time to his childhood, arriving just a few miles away from his native town.




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


The busy and stressed VP of an ad agency, Martin Sloan, stops his car at a gas station. When asked the attendant tells him it will take about an hour to change the oil and perform a lube job. In the meantime Martin realizes he is 1.5 miles away from Homewood the hometown he left 25 years ago and decides to walk there. Soon he finds that he has returned to the past; where he finds his 11 year old self and his parents. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

30 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first of four times in The Twilight Zone (1959) that Rod Serling used a mid-episode narration. See more »


After Sloane eats a little of his three scoop soda, we see the cup placed towards the middle of the counter where he is sitting. When he gets up to leave and the camera angle changes, the unfinished soda is now pushed to the far side of the counter. See more »


Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] Martin Sloan, age thirty-six, vice-president in charge of media. Successful in most things, but not in the one effort that all men try at some time in their lives - trying to go home again. And also like all men, perhaps there'll be an occasion - maybe a summer night sometime - when he'll look up from what he's doing and listen to the distant music of a calliope, and hear the voices and the laughter of the people and the places of his past. And perhaps across his mind, ...
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One of My Favorite Episodes
10 January 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The busy and stress VP of a company Martin Sloan (Gig Young) 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.

"Walking Distance" is one of my favorite episodes of "The Twilight Zone". The idea of having a chance to travel back to your childhood or adolescence when the days were better and better is a dream of most elder people and the amazing journey of Martin Sloan is very nostalgic and makes the mature viewers think of what he or she would do if he or she would have the same opportunity. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação - Walking Distance" ("Beyond Imagination - Walking Distance")

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