The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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When a woman investigates a clamor on the roof of her rural house, she discovers a small UFO and little aliens emerging from it. Or so it seems.

Director:

Douglas Heyes

Writers:

Richard Matheson, Rod Serling (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Agnes Moorehead ... Woman
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Storyline

An old woman who lives alone in a ramshackle farm house comes face to face with alien invaders. She hears something on her roof and then finds a flying saucer, perhaps six or seven feet across from which emerges two small robots. She fights them as best she can and eventually succeeds in destroying their ship. The nature of the invaders however is not immediately obvious however. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was Rod Serling's favorite episode from an outside writer. See more »

Goofs

The isolated farm woman leads a meager existence with no luxuries in sight. Her hands, however, in several close ups, show Miss Moorhead's long, tapered, finely manicured and polished fingernails, something that wouldn't have been a consideration for the character. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] These are the invaders: the tiny beings from the tiny place called Earth, who would take the giant step across the sky to the question marks that sparkle and beckon from the vastness of the universe only to be imagined. The invaders, who found out that a one-way ticket to the stars beyond has the ultimate price tag, and we have just seen it entered in a ledger that covers all the transactions in the universe - a bill stamped "Paid in Full" and to be found on file ...
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction (2011) See more »

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Agnes Moorehead: one terrific actress.
7 March 2012 | by mbrachmanSee all my reviews

It is unfortunate that Agnes Moorehead is largely known to baby boomers and subsequent generations by her most famous TV character, the one-dimensional "Endora," mother of Samantha the witch on "Bewitched" (and unloving mother-in-law of the much-put-upon Darrin Stevens). She was one of the most interesting and versatile character actresses for over three decades, from her first film role as the birth mother of the title character in "Citizen Kane" until her untimely death from cancer in the early 1970s. Her other roles included the working-class aunt of the title character (played by Jane Wyman, Ronald Reagan's ex) in the rural-Canadian-set melodrama "Johnny Belinda," a woman with evil intent in the Bogart/Bacall noir "Dark Passage," and the shrewish but benevolent maid who tries (and fails) to save the title character (Bette Davis) from evil plotters in the Grand Guignol horror classic "Hush, Hush...Sweet Charlotte." In this justly-beloved episode of "The Twilight Zone" (with a none-too-surprising twist ending which will not be revealed here), Moorehead is a simple hard-working rural woman living alone in a farmhouse who is besieged by little space-suited men armed with ray guns. She protects herself and her homestead with absolutely no dialogue, and demonstrates a range of emotions, especially a very convincing terror, as she confronts the intruders on her peaceful rustic retreat.


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