The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street 

On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity.


(as Ronald Winston)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Narrator (voice)
... Steve Brand
... Les Goodman
... Charlie Farnsworth
Jan Handzlik ... Tommy
Amzie Strickland ... Woman
Burt Metcalfe ... Don Martin
Mary Gregory ... Sally
Jason Johnson ... Man
Anne Barton ... Myra Brand
Leah Waggner ... Mrs. Goodman (as Lea Waggner)
Joan Sudlow ... Old Woman
... Pete Van Horn
... Mrs. Farnsworth
Sheldon Allman ... Alien


On a pleasant day, the residents of Maple Street feel something akin to a tremor and hear a loud noise. Steve Brand thinks it's a meteorite though they didn't hear a create. When young Tommy tells them the science fiction story he read about an alien invasion where they were first sent among humans to live with them in disguise, paranoia sets in. They first suspect Les Goodman and loudmouth Charlie Farnsworth then points the finger at Steve and then Tommy. Events turn on Charlie as everyone runs amok. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

4 March 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A graphic novel version was published by the Savannah College of Art and Design along with with Walker & Co. See more »


When the neighbors go over to talk to Les Goodman about his car starting, as he walks onto his porch, you can see his address is 321, and there is a porch light. When he starts to explain his insomnia, you can see there are just holes on the front of the house where the address and light were. Then, as night falls and his wife brings his a glass of milk on the porch, the address and light are there again. See more »


Charlie: [after inadvertantly shooting who turned out to be a neighbor and presumed to be the invader] No! No, it's nothing of the sort! I didn't blow the lights out; I swear I didn't! Someone's pulling a gag or something!
Steve Brand: [grabs Charlie by the shirt] A gag? A *gag*? Charlie, there's a man lying dead in the street, and you killed him; does that look like a gag to you?
[Charlie pushes Steve away and runs to his house; a stone is hurled at his head, creating a bleeding gash]
Charlie: Look! Look, I swear it isn't me! ...
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Locations: MGM and Warner Brothers lots - possible SPOILER
24 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

We all know that the Twilight Zone towns were shot on the various streets on the MGM Backlot #2 in Culver City (before it was torn down and condominiums were built over it). But I was wondering where the ending pull-back to the wide shot overlooking Maple Street in the distance was shot. Since I'm not sure, I can't list this under "locations", but I am almost positive that the wide shot is one of the little towns on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank - the section that runs along the Los Angeles River next to Forest Lawn Drive (the standing street sets where exteriors of TV shows like Desperate Housewives, et. al., were/are shot). I am guessing this because MGM had no hills around it in Culver City for an aerial vantage point like was shown - MGM was just surrounded by 20 miles on all sides by flat suburban Los Angeles. Warner Bros, however, has Forest Lawn Cemetery directly behind it in the hills of L.A. (just on the other side of Forest Lawn Drive). My guess is that the production company changed locations only for that last scene - the ending pull back shot of the aliens looking down on the town. Much like the pull back that Mel Brooks did at the end of Blazing Saddles revealing the entire backlot, which was also shot at Warner Bros. What do you think?

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