The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank 

A young man wakes up at his own funeral and wants to know what the heck is going on. The townfolk are glad to see him back, but they begin to wonder if he's a man.. or something else?


Montgomery Pittman


Montgomery Pittman, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
James Best ... Jeff Myrtlebank
Sherry Jackson ... Comfort Gatewood
Edgar Buchanan ... Doc Bolton
Lance Fuller ... Orgram Gatewood
Dub Taylor ... Peters
Ralph Moody ... Pa Myrtlebank
Jon Lormer ... Strauss
Ezelle Poule Ezelle Poule ... Ma Myrtlebank
James Houghton ... Jerry (as Jim Houghton)
Helen Wallace ... Ma Gatewood
William Fawcett ... Reverend Siddons
Mabel Forrest ... Mrs. Ferguson
Vickie Barnes Vickie Barnes ... Liz Myrtlebank
Patrick Hector Patrick Hector ... Tom (as Pat Hector)


Everyone at Jeff Myrtlebank's funeral service is shocked when he pushes the coffin lid open and steps out, seemingly in perfect health. Old Doc Bolton mumbles some ridiculous explanation and the people there settle down a bit. Obviously his family is happy that he's back with them and his fiancée welcomes him as he is, with no questions asked. They do notice that he's a bit different. As time goes on however, rumors begin spread and the locals decide to take action. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 February 1962 (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?


A mailbox by the side of street reads "M. Pittman", for the director and writer of the episode Montgomery Pittman. See more »


There are six air holes drilled at the head of Jeff Myrtlebank's coffin. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Jeff and Comfort are still alive today, and their only son is a United States Senator. He's noted as an uncommonly shrewd politician, and some believe he must have gotten his education - in The Twilight Zone.
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Is That You Jeff?
28 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

James Best plays Jeff Myrtlebank, a young man who was believed to have recently died, but while his family and friends attend his wake, are stunned to see him sit up in his coffin, and get out, seemingly no worse for wear, and confused about how anyone could have thought he was dead! He recovers, but seems to be a different person, as he is no longer lazy and meek, but a hard-working man who has somehow learned advanced boxing skills. He still loves his girlfriend Comfort Gatewood(played by Sherry Jackson), but her family and the whole community are not sure that Jeff isn't in reality some kind of a ghost... Highly entertaining episode has a most wry sense of humor, authentic feel for its period, and fine performances, with a gem of an ending.

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