The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Jungle 

A businessman who has recently returned from Africa is stalked by the superstitions and warnings of a witch doctor.


William F. Claxton (as William Claxton)


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
John Dehner ... Alan Richards
Walter Brooke ... Chad Cooper
Jay Adler ... Tramp
Emily McLaughlin Emily McLaughlin ... Doris Richards
Hugh Sanders ... Templeton
Howard Wright Howard Wright ... Hardy
Donald Foster Donald Foster ... Sinclair
Jay Overholts Jay Overholts ... Taxi Driver


Alan Richards and his wife are back in New York after living in Africa where he was in charge of a major construction project. His wife was deeply affected after a local witch doctor placed a curse on them and has taken to keeping charms to ward off evil spirits. While Richards doesn't discount the power of the witch doctor entirely, he dismisses her fears as unfounded. Having a drink in a bar one evening he finds that his wife left a protective amulet in his coat pocket. He leaves it on the bar when he leaves - and as a result has a dangerous and frightening walk home, only to find something there waiting for him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 December 1961 (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?


Rod Serling personally shared the protagonist's disbelief in superstition and the supernatural. According to Reverend Ernest Pipes of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, "Theologically speaking, Rod was what we call a naturalistic humanist, and that was the underlying philosophy of my pulpit." See more »


During the close-up of the charms at the beginning of the show, Mr. Richards is wearing black studs in his shirt. During the rest of the scene, his shirt is fastened with standard buttons. See more »


Alan Richards: [thinking of the animal on his doorstep] If you wanted to get hold of a dead goat on an hour's notice, where would you go?
Chad: To a psychiatrist.
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Do do that voodoo that you do somewhere else-not in The Twilight Zone.
3 December 2013 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

African curse stories are pretty lame, predictable, and just about done to death. This typical dose of hocus pocus prescribed by a witch doctor for a businessman is no exception. John Dehner was an important contributor to the Zone (in three entries), but he cant save this one, albeit that he adds class and puts across a scene about the other businessmen's superstitions well. There is so little story here from the normally brilliant Charles Beaumont. The whole thing seems out of place in TZ and would look more in place in Night Gallery or an Amicus horror anthology film. You might like it if you're a fan of the film 'Cat People'(1942), which I am not.

I think even the jungle sounds needed to be put across with more subtlety to get quite the right creepy effect when Dehner is in the city.

One of the lesser entries mostly lacking in classic ingredients.

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