The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Stop at Willoughby 

Tired of his miserable job and wife, a businessman starts dreaming on the train each night, about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby. Soon he has to know whether the town is real and fancies the thought of seeking refuge there.


Robert Parrish


Rod Serling




Episode complete credited cast:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
James Daly ... Gart Williams
Howard Smith ... Misrell
Patricia Donahue ... Janie Williams
Jason Wingreen ... 1960 Conductor
Mavis Neal Palmer Mavis Neal Palmer ... Helen (as Mavis Neal)
James Maloney James Maloney ... 1888 Conductor


Ad agency executive Gart Williams has had a particularly rough day - his young protégé has left to work at another agency and took a $3-million account him. He falls asleep on the train home and wakes up in another place and another time. It's July 1888 and he's in the village of Willoughby, a peaceful town where life is easy. He comes to back in his own time but as the pressures of works and his home life continue to mount, he decides Willoughby is exactly where he would like to spend the rest of his days. Written by garykmcd / edited by Rob

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Rod Serling's favorite first-season Twilight Zone episode. See more »


At approximately 15:53, Gart pulls up the blind in the train car and we see the bandstand in Willoughby. There appears to be a fairly large crowd outside the bandstand, as well as inside. Then the frame cuts to outside but now we only see an elderly couple with a parasol, a child on a bench and a sparse bandstand. The frame the cuts back to the original scene, but now back to the large crowd of people both inside and outside the bandstand. See more »


Gart Williams: I'm tired, Janie. I'm tired, and I'm sick.
Janie Williams: Well, then you're in the right ward. We specialize in people that are sick, and tired, too, Gart. I'm sick, and I'm tired, of a husband who lives in a kind of permanent self-pity. A husband with a heart bleeding sensitivity that he unfurls like a flag, whenever he decides the competition is a little too rough for him.
Gart Williams: Some people aren't built for competition, Janie, or big pretentious houses they can't afford, or rich communities they don't feel ...
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Referenced in Rugrats: Family Reunion/Grandpa's Date (1992) See more »


Twilight Zone Theme
(theme song)
Composed by Bernard Herrmann
(season 1)
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Love this Ep

This is definitely one of my top 3 favorite episodes. Most people can definitely relate. What time era do you think Willoughby took place in? Even though I am in my 20's I would love to live in a more laid back serene atmosphere. Watching this episode makes me hope I dream tonight of a place similar to Willoughby. Does anybody live in a small town similar to Willoughby? I am surprised nobody asked this question yet. I live in a big crazy city. I would love to move to a place similar. If it exists. Please by kind and let me know what city if any. Thank you! Also thank you to my Dvr for recording the twilight zone marathon. It is tradition to watch it every year.

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6 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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