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 »


Robert Sloan: Martin.
Martin Sloan: Yes, Pop.
Robert Sloan: You have to leave here. There's no room, there's no place. Do you understand that?
Martin Sloan: I see that now, but I don't understand. Why not?
Robert Sloan: I guess because we only get one chance. Maybe there's only one summer to every customer. That little boy, the one I know - the one who belongs here - this is *his* summer, just as it was yours once. Don't make him share it.
Martin Sloan: Alright.
Robert Sloan: Martin, is it so bad where you're from?
Martin Sloan: I thought so, Pop. I've been living on a dead run, and I was tired. And one ...
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Strolling back the years.
29 April 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Another of the many episodes written by Rod Serling, "Walking Distance" is a finely balanced tale that looks at nostalgia and any difficulties in adult life that makes you yearn for the cherished memories of your youth.

Gig Young plays Martin Sloan, a businessman who is having a bad time of things. He pulls into a gas station to have his car looked at and decides to walk along the road to revisit the town that he grew up in. Once there, he's surprised to see just how little has changed. Are his memories clouding his vision or has something else happened, something that could only happen to people who wander into The Twilight Zone.

Directed by Robert Stevens, this is another in a long line of strong, well-written episodes putting forth a number of thoughtful ideas into a package of popular entertainment to make it all more palatable. There's definitely a bittersweet tone to "Walking Distance" and it's all pitched just perfectly with the performances around the great writing.

Gig Young is wonderful in the lead role and Frank Overton proves to be his equal with the limited screen time that he has. Fans of Ron Howard may enjoy seeing his small performance as a young lad playing with marbles in the street and Bernard Herrmann aficionados will enjoy his wonderful score.

Once again, The Twilight Zone presents a perfect piece of entertainment and makes everything look so easy.

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