The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 4

Little Boy Lost/Wish Bank/Nightcrawlers (18 Oct. 1985)

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"Little Boy Lost": a woman, struggling with the decision to settle down and raise a family or embrace her accelerating career, befriends a strange boy who seems to be stalking her. "Wish ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Shelton (segment "Little Boy Lost")
Greg (segment "Little Boy Lost")
Kenny (segment "Little Boy Lost")
Nancy Kyes ...
Frumpy Housewife (segment "Little Boy Lost")
Janice Hammond (segment "Wish Bank") (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Mary Ellen Bradshaw (segment "Wish Bank")
Mr. Brent (segment "Wish Bank")
Harvey Vernon ...
Willoughby (segment "Wish Bank")
Julie Payne ...
Clerk (segment "Wish Bank")
Price (segment "Nightcrawlers")
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Sherriff Dennis Wells (segment "Nightcrawlers")
Robert Swan ...
Bob (segment "Nightcrawlers")
Waitress (segment "Nightcrawlers")
Lindy (segment "Nightcrawlers")
Bobby Bass ...
Ray (segment "Nightcrawlers")


"Little Boy Lost": a woman, struggling with the decision to settle down and raise a family or embrace her accelerating career, befriends a strange boy who seems to be stalking her. "Wish Bank": an antique oil lamp found at a yard sale brings new meaning to the warning, "be careful what you wish for." "Nightcrawlers": a troubled drifter with an unusual ability terrifies the inhabitants of a rural diner. Written by balkaster

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18 October 1985 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Nancy Kyes, who played the woman Carol photographed then talked to at the zoo, was the wife of director Tommy Lee Wallace. See more »


Though the veteran's name is never revealed, the diner patrons simply stick to calling him "Price" after the waitress does, without knowing whether this is true. See more »


Kenny: All you had to do was want me.
Carol Shelton: [Now realizing that Kenny is the child she would have had if she had chosen marriage instead of a career] But I do. I love you, Kenny. It's just that sometimes you have to make a choice.
Kenny: Why couldn't you choose me?
Carol Shelton: But I will someday. I just can't right now.
Kenny: You can have a little boy someday, and you can name him Kenny - but he won't be me.
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References Twilight Zone: Long Live Walter Jameson (1960) See more »

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Friedkin nails it...
16 November 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Robert R. McCammon's NIGHTCRAWLERS was one of my favorite short stories, and William Friedkin knocked it out of the park on the resurrected TWILIGHT ZONE series. For my money, NIGHTCRAWLERS is- by FAR- the best episode of this particular series: it's faithful to the source material, with just the right amount of input from the director to ENHANCE the story. NIGHTCRAWLERS is also a Cautionary Tale that, unfortunately, not very many people took to heart in The Real World (the fact that this country is bogged down at this moment in yet another Vietnam-type of situation speaks for itself). More's the pity. We can sometimes learn more about Life from Fiction than we can from Life Itself...

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