The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Gift 

A man from the stars comes with a gift to a small Mexican village whose residents do not welcome this stranger.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Williams - the Alien
... Doctor
... Manolo
Edmund Vargas ... Pedro - Orphan Boy
... Guitarist
... Officer
... Sanchez
... Rudolpho


The residents of a small Mexican village, just 40 miles or so south of the Rio Grande, panic when they learn a being from another planet may have crashed near by. As the result of an altercation with local police, one policeman is dead and the alien is severely wounded. A young boy, Pedro, quickly forms a friendship with the alien who says he has come in peace. He also says he has a gift for the people of the Earth, but the villagers fear means that mankind will never benefit from the alien's generosity. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

27 April 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This story was originally written as one of the series' possible pilots but was passed over for "Where is Everybody?". See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Madeiro, Mexico, the present. The subject: fear. The cure: a little more faith. An RX off a shelf - in the Twilight Zone.
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Not Well Received
29 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Geoffrey Horn plays Mr. Williams, a human-looking but in reality alien man who has sadly crash-landed in a primitive and dirt-poor village in Mexico, near the Texas border. A young boy named Pedro has befriended Williams, but after an altercation with a local policeman, becomes a wanted man, and the fearful villagers get wind of his presence, and decide to hunt down and persecute him, though as it turns out, he has brought a gift for the whole human race, one that it may never get to appreciate... Though well-intentioned, this remains a dreary and unsatisfying morality play about the tragedy of not only human stupidity, but the bad luck of arriving in the wrong place...

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