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:
Ethel McConnell
Haley the Bartender
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?


After the bus driver realizes that he doesn't know who boarded the bus, Avery (the kooky older man at the diner counter) exclaims "She's just like a science fiction, that's what she is! A regular Ray Bradbury!" Ray Bradbury later wrote the Season 3 episode The Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962). See more »


The hidden actor providing the third hand for Ross (John Hoyt) had a little difficulty synchronizing the coffee cup for Ross to drink from. The cup doesn't quite make it to his mouth forcing Ross to hunch over to sip from it. Placing the cup back on the saucer, the actor needs to stick out his ring finger to find the saucer. 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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References To Tell the Truth (1956) See more »

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Lacks depth...but who cares?!
29 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A bus full of passengers is stuck during a snow storm. The police have closed the bridge--saying it's unsafe and they are stuck in a little café until the road has been cleared. However, after a while, their boredom is turned to concern, as it seems that one of the passengers was NOT originally on the bus and may just be an alien!! This leads to a conclusion that is ironic but also rather funny in a low-brow way.

This is another of the fun episodes of The Twilight Zone. Instead of the typical twists or social commentary, this one features no lasting message. However, it's also very and watchable, so who cares?! Exactly WHAT occurs you'll just have to see for yourself.

By the way, this one stars John Hoyt--a face most of you will recognize from countless old TV shows and movies. In almost every case, he played a real grouch (like Charles Lane during the same era), but boy did I love seeing him--as he perfected the grouchy persona and was kind of funny at the same time.

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