The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Spur of the Moment 

An engaged heiress is terrorized by a middle-aged woman on a horse pleading with her not to go through with her impending marriage.


Elliot Silverstein


Richard Matheson, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Diana Hyland ... Anne Henderson
Marsha Hunt ... Mrs. Henderson
Philip Ober ... Mr. Henderson
Roger Davis ... David Mitchell
Robert Hogan ... Robert Blake


While out horseback riding on June 13, 1939, 18 year-old Anne Henderson comes across another rider, a middle-aged woman dressed in black, who chases after her. She's terrified and races home. It's the day of her engagement party. She's supposed to marry Robert Blake but childhood friend David Mitchell wants her to break it off and marry him instead. As for the woman in black, she is someone who knows Anne quite well. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

21 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anne Marie Henderson was born in 1921. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: This is the face of terror: Anne Marie Mitchell, forty-three years of age, her desolate existence once more afflicted by the hope of altering her past mistake - a hope which is, unfortunately, doomed to disappointment. For warnings from the future to the past must be taken in the past; today may change tomorrow but once today is gone, tomorrow can only look back in sorrow that the warning was ignored. Said warning as of now stamped 'not accepted' and stored away in the dead ...
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The Perfect Dress (2006) See more »

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The looking glass is looked at twice at both ends
4 September 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A really fascinating Twilight Zone story which begins with young Diana Hyland who is well fixed going riding on the family estate shortly before she is to be wed to Robert Hogan. A mysterious woman in black spots her from a distance as Hyland spots the mystery woman. The mystery girl rides after her chasing her back to the estate where Hyland's parents Marsha Hunt and Philip Ober try to calm her down. Young Roger Davis arrives who Hyland threw overboard for Hogan also comes to plead his case for the last time.

If you think you know what's going you do not. You might guess part of it, but not all of it. But this does involve three of the cast members giving a different view of themselves.

In the end just who exactly was in The Twilight Zone?

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