Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 34

Young Man's Fancy (11 May 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" Young Man's Fancy (original title)

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Newlywed Alex Walker finds himself being pulled back to his childhood and back to his widowed mother in the house where he grew up.

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Virginia Lane Walker
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Wallace Rooney ...
Mr. Wilkinson
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Mrs. Henrietta Walker
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Immediately after their wedding, Virginia and Alex Walker return to his mother's house to make arrangements for it to be sold. Virginia has waited a long time to marry Alex as his domineering mother Henrietta doted - and smothered - him. Going back home has a strange effect on him as he reconnects with his his environment such as his room and his toys. He slowly begins to change and Virginia realizes that her mother-in-law's influence hasn't subsided. Written by garykmcd

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Although Rod Serling's opening narration describes the character Alex Walker as 34 years old, he looks much older, and in fact, the actor, Alex Nicol was 46 years old, at the time. See more »

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The sound from the phonograph in Alex's old bedroom is for the song "Lady In Red". However, a closeup shot of the spinning turntable reveals the label of the record, which reads "Lady Be Good" performed by Buddy Crawford, which is a different song. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: Exit Miss Virginia Lane, formerly and most briefly Mrs. Alex Walker. She has just given up a battle and in a strange way retreated, but this has been a retreat back to reality. Her opponent, Alex Walker, will now and forever hold a line that exists in the past. He has put a claim on a moment in time and is not about to relinquish it. Such things do happen - in the Twilight Zone.
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Edited into Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962) See more »

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The Lady in Red
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Music by Allie Wrubel
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This one is for women who are fed up with men who are mama's boys!
3 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Virginia and Alex just got married. And, you'd assume Alex's mind would be focused on one thing (need I say what it is?) but instead he acts like a drip when he and his bride go to his childhood home. It seems his mother has recently died and all the guy wants to do is reminisce about old times and talk about his mother! There aren't too many romance killers worse than sitting around talking about your mommy! Normally, you might assume Virginia married a gay man by mistake, but instead they are just in the Twilight Zone.

Ostensibly they are at the house to make arrangements to sell the place and then go on their honeymoon. Instead, Alex changes his mind and decides to hold on to the place...for now. As things unfold, you learn that dumb old Virginia has been waiting 12 years for this guy--as he always had a reason NOT to marry her and the reason always involved his mommy. But Virginia has enough promises...and she's starting to get awfully fed up with the guy.

Oddly, however, a lot of unusual things start occurring around the house. Things from years past appearing--as if the mother is alive and only in the next room. Could Alex be doing this? Not likely, as the changes start getting more and more extreme. What's next? Will Virginia FINALLY get Alex? Will Alex come out once and for all? Tune in and see the twist.

The best thing going for this show is Phyllis Thaxter's acting. She does a very nice job. As far as the story goes, it did a nice (though expected) twist and was well worth seeing--especially if you, too, married a mama's boy!


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