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Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994)

Two stories written by Rod Serling and intended for his seminal television anthology series are presented.

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Robert Markowitz

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Rod Serling (story), Richard Matheson (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Earl Jones ... Host
Amy Irving ... James' Fiancee (segment "The Theater")
Gary Cole ... James (segment "The Theatre")
Patrick Bergin ... Dr. Benjamin Ramsey (segment "Where the Dead Are")
Julia Campbell ... Maureen, Barmaid (segment "Where the Dead Are")
Jack Palance ... Dr. Jeremy Wheaton (segment "Where the Dead Are")
Heidi Swedberg ... (segment "The Theatre")
Priscilla Pointer ... Woman in cinema (segment "The Theatre")
Scott Burkholder ... (segment "The Theatre")
Don Bloomfield Don Bloomfield ... (segment "The Theatre")
Michael Burgess Michael Burgess ... (segment "The Theatre")
Grey Silbley Grey Silbley ... (segment "The Theatre")
Alex Van ... (segment "The Theatre")
Deborah Winstead Deborah Winstead ... (segment "The Theatre")
Peter McRobbie ... Dr. Ames (segment "Where the Dead Are")
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This tv movie features two stories by Rod Serling, who also wrote the stories of the original The Twilight Zone (1959) series. "The Theater": A young girl goes to the cinema to see His Girl Friday (1940) with Cary Grant. Suddenly she sees scenes from her own life instead of the comedy. The scenes actually took place earlier that day. She is very confused because the other people didn't see those scenes. As she goes to see the movie again, scenes from her future appear on the screen. And that future is very frightening... "Where the Dead Are": Dr. Benjamin Ramsey is professor at the university in Boston in 1868. In front of his students he performes an appendix operation. As the patient O'Neil dies after the operation, Dr. Ramsey discovers that O'Neil suffered from a serious scull fracture twelve years ago. Since no one could have survived such an injury, he travels to the mysterious island where O'Neil came from. There he visits Dr. Jeremy Wheaton who earlier had experimented with ... Written by Peter W. Simeon <simeon@imdb.com>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Dr. Jeremy Wheaton quotes the following line from "Julius Caesar" Act II, Scene II: "Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come." The same line was quoted by President Abraham Lincoln (Austin Green) in The Twilight Zone: The Passersby (1961), another story set in the aftermath of the American Civil War written by Rod Serling. See more »

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[opening narration for "The Theatre"]
Host: Melissa Sanders is having difficulty completing her Singhal Commission sculpture. Her behavior has characteristics: she delays, she defers, she refuses to commit to decisions in both her personal and professional life. She thinks she has all the time in the world, but she does not, because that world will change forever when Melissa Sanders walks through the door of a certain movie theatre into the Twilight Zone.
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This show sent parcel post from the Twilight Zone
16 January 2001 | by RovinSee all my reviews

This show, hosted by the Serling scripted "the Man" star James Earl Jones, consists of two lost episodes of the Twilight Zone--scripts that were either started by Rod Serling (and finished by Richard Matheson, a TZ collaborator of his from the original series) or written by the master himself.

The first episode is pretty much forgettable.

It is the second story, concerning a Civil War surgeon who seeks a way of prolonging the lives of his patients, that should provide some amusement for Serling fans. It was indeed eerie(or should I say "twilight zone" like?) to recognize the famous writer's voice in the dialogue(especially Palance's). The tale is a decent variation on Frankenstein and like the best of Serling's work, has some biting commentary on human nature. Though I wouldn't go so far as to say this is a "classic," and the ending was predictable, it has more depth than alot of similar efforts in genre tv airing today.

I just wish they would have filmed it in harsh black and white--now that would have been a blast from the past!


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