Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.
A man finds himself walking down a country road, not knowing where he is or, for that matter, who he is. He comes across a diner with a jukebox blaring and hot coffee on the stove - only there is no one there. A little further down the road he come to the picturesque town of Oakwood - and finds that it too seems to be deserted. The only sounds he hears are the clock tower in the town square and a a public pay telephone ringing. At the local movie theater, an ad for Battle Hymn (1957) leads him to believe he's in the Air Force. Despite no one being around, he can't shake off the feeling that he's being watched...... Written by
According to a statement by Rod Serling while discussing this episode during a 1975 lecture at Sherwood Oaks College, Earl Holliman was running a temperature of over 100 degrees while this episode was being filmed. See more »
In the police station, Ferris' right hand touches a jail cell bar, causing the entire cell wall to wobble flimsily. See more »
Up there, up there in the vastness of space, in the void that is sky, up there is an enemy known as isolation. It sits there in the stars waiting, waiting with the patience of eons, forever waiting... in the Twilight Zone.
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Where is everybody? Where have all the people gone?
Alright, I confess I consider myself to be a die-hard fan of horror, Sci-Fi and cult and yet I've never watched the original "Twilight Zone" series. Shame on me, I know, but I plan to correct this as from now since I purchased the entire series. This very first episode quickly made me realize that I will soon discover that many of my personal favorite movie titles were inspired by or even blatantly copied from "The Twilight Zone". One movie that truly struck me as original and frightening, for example, was the made- for-TV movie "Where have all the people gone?" released in 1974 and starring Peter Graves, but it's only just now that I'm discovering that this great movie is pretty much identical to the pilot episode "Where is everybody" (including even the title!) It's a very powerful and clever pilot episode with a solid screenplay and a brooding atmosphere of tension. Earl Holliman is also fantastic as Mike Ferris, a man that we meet as he is drifting around a remote little town and looking for his own identity and recollections. The entire town is forsaken but it seems as if all human beings just vaporized and left behind everything they were doing. "Where is everybody?" is unsettling and compelling, and the climax comes as a complete and unpredictable surprise at least to me it did that works quite effectively. Very good start to a legendary TV-series, I'm sure I'll enormously enjoy the rest of the big fat DVD-box
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