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"The Twilight Zone" An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (TV Episode 1964) Poster

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The 1962 French version of Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1961) won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject.
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Rod Serling was getting ready to take his end-of-season break, with all but one of the shows for the fifth season already filmed or in production, when he decided to leave early and go to a French film festival. There he saw Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1961) and immediately hunted down the producers with an offer to buy it for a one-time showing for American TV. Serling reportedly picked it up for $20,000 and flew straight back to Los Angeles, filming a new intro the moment he got to the studio and plugging the show into that same week's time slot. Not only did Serling get what was considered a classic, he also saved nearly $100,000 in production costs and brought the season's worth of shows in on budget. This prompted ABC-TV to offer to pick up The Twilight Zone (1959) for another season. Serling said no to the deal when his discussions over the content of the new season made it appear he would be "going to the graveyard" for each show, doing Gothic horror shows. (ABC did want that, and eventually would pick up Dark Shadows (1966), which fit the bill, in daytime.)
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Won the 1962 Golden Palm (Palme d'Or) for best short subject at the Cannes Film Festival.
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"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce was originally published by The San Francisco Examiner in 1890.
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This episode takes place in 1862.
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This teleplay is based on a story by Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914). It was shown on Alfred Hitchcock Presents (with different actors) in December 1959.
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All of the shots of Peyton running toward Abby are the same shot, edited at various zoom levels to appear as though he is getting closer.
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