The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Howling Man 

Seeking refuge from a storm, a traveler comes upon a bizarre abbey of monks, who have imprisoned a man who begs for his help. When he confronts the head monk, he is told that the man is the Devil, and he must decide whom to believe.


Douglas Heyes


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
John Carradine ... Brother Jerome
H.M. Wynant ... David Ellington
Robin Hughes ... Howling Man
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Brother Christophorus (as Frederic Ledebur)
Ezelle Poule Ezelle Poule ... Housekeeper


David Ellington recounts a story, one that began just after the end of World War I. He was hiking in Europe when he sought refuge in an abbey during a violent rain storm. The residence is isolated and its head, Brother Jerome, tells him he cannot stay. Ellington is ill however and during his short stay meets someone who is being kept prisoner and howls constantly through the night. Ellington believes the Howling Man is being kept there for no good reason but Brother Jerome tells him of the man's true nature. The decision Ellington makes will haunt him for the rest of his life. Written by garykmcd

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abbey | devil | monk | prisoner | hermitage | See All (13) »








Release Date:

4 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Carradine (Brother Jerome) later played Professor Alex Stottel in The Twilight Zone: Still Life/The Little People of Killany Woods/The Misfortune Cookie (1986). See more »


Although Ellington walks into the monastery in the midst of a thunderstorm, he is perfectly dry. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Ancient folk saying: 'You can catch the Devil, but you can't hold him long.' Ask Brother Jerome. Ask David Ellington. They know, and they'll go on knowing to the end of their days and beyond - in the Twilight Zone.
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You Can Catch the Devil, but You Can't Hold Him Long
23 April 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After the World War I, the traveler David Ellington becomes lost and seeks shelter in a convent during a storm. Brother Christophorus asks Ellington to leave but he faints. When he awakes, he hears a howl and snoops around. He finds a man locked in a cell that claims that the brotherhood is composed by lunatics and asks Ellington to release him. However Ellington is taker to the leader Brother Jerome that explains that the prisoner is not a man, but the devil. Ellington does not believe and releases the prisoner, learning who he is.

"The Howling Man" is a great episode of "The Twilight Zone" with a mystery situation. David Ellington opened the Pandora Box and has learnt in the most difficult way that you can catch the devil, but you can't hold him long. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Homem Uivante" ("The Howling Man")

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