Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 28

Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (26 May 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (original title)

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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
Barney Phillips ...
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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26 May 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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. Twilight Zone (1959) series was produced by Cayuga Production Company. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Wintry February night, the present. Order of events: a phone call from a frightened woman notating the arrival of an unidentified flying object, then the checkout you've just witnessed, with two state troopers verifying the event - but with nothing more enlightening to add beyond evidence of some tracks leading across the highway to a diner. You've heard of trying to find a needle in a haystack? Well, stay with us now, and you'll be part of an investigating team whose mission...
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Who's Messing With My Jukebox
10 June 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Nifty little episode played mainly for laughs, but with clever dollop of suspense. Somehow a Martian has snuck aboard a broken-down bus on its way to nowhere, but which passenger is it, (talk about your illegal immigrants!). All-star supporting cast, from wild-eyed Jack Elam (hamming it up shamelessly), to sexy Jean Willes (if she's the Martian, then I say let's open the borders!), to cruel-faced John Hoyt (the most obvious suspect), along with familiar faces John Archer and Barney Phillips (and a nice turn from Bill Kendis as the bus driver). Makes for a very entertaining half-hour even if the action is confined to a single set.

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