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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Episode complete credited cast:
Virginia Lane Walker
Alex Walker
Wallace Rooney ...
Mr. Wilkinson
Helen Brown ...
Mrs. Henrietta Walker
Ricky Kelman ...
Young Alex (as Rickey Kelman)


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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11 May 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Alex looks much too old for his character's story (see trivia). See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: You're looking at the house of the late Mrs. Henrietta Walker. This is Mrs. Walker, herself, as she appeared twenty-five years ago. And this, except for isolated objects, is the living room of Mrs. Walker's house, as it appeared in that same year. The other rooms, upstairs and down, are much the same. The time, however, is not twenty-five years ago - but now. The house of the late Mrs. Henrietta Walker is, you see, a house which belongs almost entirely to the past, a house ...
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Edited into The Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962) See more »


The Lady in Red
Music by Allie Wrubel
Performed by Eddy Duchin
played on radio
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The Pull Of The Past
29 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Alex Nicol plays Alex Walker, who has just gotten married to his long-in-waiting wife Virginia(played by Phyllis Thaxter). Both have returned to the home of his recently deceased mother, and are planning to sell the house, but as Alex takes a nostalgic tour before selling, finds the happy childhood memories taking hold of him once again, alarming his wife, who only wants to leave as soon as possible, fearing the spirit of his dominating mother is calling him back to her, but as it turns out, something even more tragic is going on here... Nearly forgotten episode never takes off like it should, but the idea is there, and episode retains a most sad and inevitable aura of doom about it that still makes it work.

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