The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Midnight Sun 

When the Earth falls out of orbit, two women try to cope with increasingly oppressive heat in a nearly abandoned city.


Anton Leader


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Lois Nettleton ... Norma
Betty Garde ... Mrs. Bronson
Tom Reese ... Intruder
Jason Wingreen ... Mr. Shuster
Juney Ellis Juney Ellis ... Mrs. Shuster (as June Ellis)
William Keene ... Doctor


In a world that is getting ever nearer to the sun, people are trying to find ways to deal with the extreme heat. Most people have gone north with Norma and Mrs. Bronson the only two people left in their apartment building. There is little or no infrastructure remaining and water is one commodity that is very much in demand. They panic when an intruder breaks into Norma's apartment and holds them, at least for a few moments, at gunpoint. All is not as it seems however. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 November 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?


Mrs. Bronson says the painting reminds her of the tallest waterfall in Ithaca, New York - probably Taughannock Falls in Taughannock State Park, 11 miles north of Ithaca, where Rod Serling lived and where he taught at Ithaca College for several years. See more »


When the radio is first seen in Norma's apartment the brand name is covered with tape. But as the camera pans past the radio at about the 12:00 point, the tape is gone and the word "ZENITH" can be seen where the tape was. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: The word that Mrs. Bronson is unable to put into the hot, still, sodden air is 'doomed,' because the people you've just seen have been handed a death sentence. One month ago, the Earth suddenly changed its elliptical orbit and in doing so began to follow a path which gradually, moment by moment, day by day, took it closer to the sun. And all of man's little devices to stir up the air are now no longer luxuries - they happen to be pitiful and panicky keys to survival. The time...
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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'Who's left to panic?'
13 November 2013 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

The words above are spoken by a radio announcer being taken off the air. The announcer has gone off script to say that all is chaotic and hopeless in the killing heat. Images of objects melting in the heat reflect the fragility of our own existence. Sweating and suffering in her slip,artist Norma and her land lady see human life evaporating before their eyes. 'The Midnight Sun' is a compelling short human drama. The DVD commentary by the actress who played Norma(Lois Nettleton) is worth hearing when you've watched it. She talked about acting in this free flowing episode as natural and as 'being'. It certainly does have a different quality to some other TZ that are made up of characters just speaking lines to punch home a moral or a twist. There is a hint to the outcome somewhere in the dialogue but I am not going to tell you where. However ,those of you who choose to watch this again (as all right-thinking people should with good TZ episodes) will notice what I mean.

Superior entry. Lois Nettleton was an excellent actress of film and TV. A must watch.

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