The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? 

Following a frantic phone call about a crashed spaceship, two policeman try and determine who among the passengers of a bus at a snowed-in roadside diner is from another world.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jean Willes ...
Ethel McConnell
Haley the Bartender
John Archer ...
Trooper Bill Padgett
William Kendis ...
Olmstead (as Bill Kendis)
Morgan Jones ...
Trooper Dan Perry
Gertrude Flynn ...
Rose Kramer
Peter Kramer
Jill Ellis ...
Connie Prince
Ron Kipling ...
George Prince


After an anonymous phone call about a spacecraft that crashed in a frozen wood, two police officers find evidence that the event really happened. Apparently one alien had walked away from the spot. They drive to the nearby highway Café and they find a bus with seven passengers waiting for the reopening of a snowed in bridge. However the driver says that he had only six passengers when he parked the bus. While interrogating the travelers, weird things happen in the diner, with the lights switching on and off and the turntable turning on and off. When the passengers are released and the bus follows his travel, one passenger returns to the diner and discloses a plot of the invasion of the Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

26 May 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the start, just after Rod Serling's intro, the name of the bus company is glimpsed on the side of the bus. Cayuga Bus Company, though only the "C & O" of "Company" is actually visible in the Blu-Ray Release. The Twilight Zone (1959) series was produced by Cayuga Production Company. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Incident on a small island, to be believed or disbelieved. However, if a sour-faced dandy named Ross or a big, good-natured counterman who handles a spatula as if he'd been born with one in his mouth, - if either of these two entities walk onto your premises, you'd better hold their hands - all three of them - or check the color of their eyes - all three of them. The gentlemen in question might try to pull you into - The Twilight Zone.
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Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »

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Serviceable food for the weary traveler
3 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Twilight Zone episode has no real guest stars, just an ensemble of recognizable character actors in a story that takes place for the most part in some road side hash house where Barney Phillips serves up serviceable food for the weary traveler.

A bus pulls in to the hash house and the driver notes he seems to have picked up an extra passenger, but he can't remember who. I take the bus a lot for trips and I can tell you that the drivers do remember who's paid to be on their vehicle. It's their business to know and if they let too many people slip on for free rides they don't have that job for long.

In any event all kinds of incidents happen as things like grills and jukeboxes start operating on their own. Talk of interplanetary invasion starts getting everyone worked up.

More I won't say, something does in fact happen to the bus, but that's not the end of the story. One of the passengers is indeed an alien, but he has a surprise coming himself.

Not one of the better Twilight Zone episodes though I will say that Jack Elam delivers a fine performance as an inebriated old sot of a passenger.

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