The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Nightmare as a Child 

A schoolteacher keeps seeing a strange little girl in her apartment building.


Alvin Ganzer


Rod Serling

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Episode complete credited cast:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Janice Rule ... Helen Foley
Shepperd Strudwick ... Peter Selden
Terry Burnham Terry Burnham ... Markie
Michael Fox ... Doctor
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Police Lieutenant (as Joe Perry)


Helen Foley is a school teacher who when arriving home one day meets a little girl, Markie, sitting on the steps just outside her apartment door. Helen invites her in and gives her a cup of hot cocoa. Strangely however, Markie seems to know a great deal about her - that she doesn't like marshmallows in her cocoa or that she has a scar on her elbow. She also knows what Helen did earlier that day including seeing a somewhat familiar man, Peter Selden, behind the wheel of a car. When Selden arrives at her apartment a few moments later he says he worked for her mother but Helen has no memory of what happened to her mother all those years ago. As her memories return however, she finds herself in grave danger. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 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?


Lead character Helen Foley was also the name of the lead character in the remake of "It's a Good Life" for Twilight Zone- the Movie in 1983. Kathleen Quinlan portrays Helen Foley who ultimately befriends "the monster". The original segment did not have Helen Foley as a character but did see Billy Mumy play the monster. See more »


Helen's scar looks too fresh to be a burn scar acquired in childhood. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Month of November, hot chocolate, and a small cameo of a child's face, imperfect only in its solemnity. And these are the improbable ingredients to a human emotion, an emotion, say, like - fear. But in a moment this woman, Helen Foley, will realize fear. She will understand what are the properties of terror. A little girl will lead her by the hand and walk with her into a nightmare.
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Referenced in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) See more »


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Written by Jane Taylor
Performed by Terry Burnham
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Deep Seated Memories
3 October 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a little more human episode. Are we dealing with the memories, repressed at childhood, or are we seeing the supernatural at work. Whether the young woman is actually experiencing this or thinking it doesn't matter. It is in her psyche and she must try to come to grips with it. The little girl's presence is certainly eerie, but this is about loneliness and fear and reclamation. The acting performances are quite good and the little girl is better than most. Serling loved to work the the ghosts of people's pasts, but usually it was some thing that they had done and they are now being punished for. This has a little of the lady caught in the bus station. Those observing would say she was on the brink of insanity. The difference comes in; the understanding. A good episode.

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