The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 4

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

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery
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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. ...
Sheriff 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 »


Carol Shelton: [Beginning to realize who the boy is] Your name isn't Kenny, is it?
Kenny: It's whatever you want it to be.
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References The Thief of Bagdad (1924) See more »

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Strong adaptation of a Robert McCammon story
25 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

LITTLE BOY LOST is a lyrical, evocative family piece in which a female photographer becomes friends with a strange red-headed boy who may be from the future (incidentally, the kid is played by future ER actor Scott Grimes). Not much happens in this one, but a lyrical soundtrack makes it quite a moving and effective mood piece. It contains something unique which makes it stand out from the rest of the episodes in the series at least.

The second segment of the episode, WISH BANK, is only worth watching if you're a fan of Dee Wallace Stone, an actress with some standing in the horror community thanks to her performances in the likes of THE HOWLING. In the story, Stone is a suburban housewife who buys a magic lamp at a garage sale. It has the power to make her wishes come true, but inevitably she starts having second thoughts when things go wrong. This type of story is predictable in the extreme and barely worth it.

NIGHTCRAWLERS is a pretty effective episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, based as it is on a story by horror author Robert R. McCammon. The story is one of those single-setting efforts in which a group of people holed up in a lonely diner during a storm find a stranger in their midst: a disturbed Vietnam vet with some horrifying war stories to share.

What follows is original and as disturbing as war itself, as it transpires that the veteran is quite literally haunted by ghosts of the past. A slow build up leads to a fascinating climax in this story; had it been a little more gruelling it would have been even better, but nevertheless this one packs a punch.

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