The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Nice Place to Visit 

When bad guy Henry Francis Valentine dies in a shootout with police, he wakes up in the next world where his every wish is granted forever, and ever.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Larry Blyden ... Henry Francis 'Rocky' Valentine
Sebastian Cabot ... Mr. Pip


Rocky Valentine is a small-time hood who has been on the wrong side of the law for most of his life. After robbing a pawn shop, he is gunned down by the police and awakens to be met by Mr. Pip, who describes himself as a guide to his new surroundings. Rocky can't quite believe where he's ended up as he can have anything he desires. He's living in a beautiful apartment, never loses at the casino and is always surrounded by beautiful women. What good deed could he have done in life to deserve this. After a month or so however the shine of having anything and everything wears off. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

15 April 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point Henry calls Mr. Pip "Santa Clause". Cabot would go on to play Santa in the TV movie remake of 'Miracle on 34th Street'. See more »


The billiard scene is obviously a product of stop motion animation. Some of the balls can be seen disappearing near the holes rather than going into them. See more »


Henry Francis 'Rocky' Valentine: Everything I ever got out of this world I had to drag out of it.
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Referenced in The Sopranos: Chasing It (2007) See more »

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A fun but rather predictable episode.
13 December 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

The title for this episode is a bit of a giveaway. "A nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there": that's how the full saying goes. This is exactly how small-time crook Henry 'Rocky' Valentine (Larry Blyden) eventually comes to feel about his particular afterlife having been chased and fatally shot by the police. Greeted by genial guide Pip (Sebastian Cabot), Rocky is given everything he has ever wanted-a swanky pad, cool threads, sexy dames-it's all his for the taking. Every pleasure and whim is catered for, whether it be the finest food, the fastest car, or winning every time at the roulette table. Heaven, it seems, is everything he ever imagined.

However, after a month of endless pleasure, Rocky becomes bored with the lifestyle, knowing that his world will never be anything less than perfect. He yearns for a little unpredictability, a touch of danger, a challenge; Pip says that can be arranged-all Rocky needs to do is tell him exactly what he wants (which makes the whole exercise pointless). Eventually, Rocky tells Pip that if he stays another day in Heaven, he'll go nuts. If you can't guess what Pip's reply is then you clearly haven't watched enough Twilight Zone.

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