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?


Sherry Jackson, who plays Comfort, was the stepdaughter of the episode's director Montgomery Pittman. Pittman had previously directed The Twilight Zone: Two (1961) and had wanted Jackson to play the female soldier. She was deemed to be too young for the role and it went to Elizabeth Montgomery instead. See more »


When Doc Bolton is eating a pickle at the general store, the amount of pickle eaten changes from scene to scene. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Time: the mid-twenties. Place: the Midwest - the southernmost section of the Midwest. We were just witnessing a funeral, a funeral that didn't come off exactly as planned, due to a slight fallout - from The Twilight Zone.
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25 September 2007 | by deadringer22000See all my reviews

A great example of one of the best shows ever, at least one of the best written one's. While maybe not the best episode, this is my personal favorite. At his funeral, Jeff Myrtlebank comes out of his coffin and complains to the people who put him in there. The doctor is baffled, his fiancé curious, and the townspeople shocked. Even though there was no autopsy, the doctor was almost positive he was dead and he does not seem like the same person he was before. Finnally the townspeople decide to confront Jeff. The acting is good. The direction fast paced. A great example of small town paranoia & black humor. Holds up well today. Love the ending.

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