The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Trouble with Templeton 

A nostalgic actor revisits his late wife and friends at their old haunt, only to find that he is now out of place there.


Buzz Kulik


E. Jack Neuman, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Brian Aherne ... Booth Templeton
Pippa Scott ... Laura Templeton
Sydney Pollack ... Arthur Willis
Dave Willock ... Marty
King Calder ... Sid Sperry
Larry J. Blake ... Freddie (as Larry Blake)
David Thursby David Thursby ... Eddie
Charles Carlson Charles Carlson ... Barney Flueger


Booth Templeton is a renowned stage actor who has reached a stage in his personal life where he has idealized his past. In particular he has fond memories of his first wife, Laura. After a stressful encounter at the theater, he walks out of the stage door and finds himself in 1927 where he joins his wife and best friend, Barney Fluegler, for dinner. It all reminds him that his past was not as rosy as he may have remembered it. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1927 and 1960. See more »


When Booth first appears in 1927, "The Great Seed" movie poster facing the street has the sign "1927's big hit!" slanted down to the right and covering up the name "Booth." The different poster behind it has the "1927's big hit!" horizontal and "acclaim it" instead of Booth's name. When Booth runs back to the theatre from the speakeasy the posters are swapped. Then when Booth examines the poster up close it switches back. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Mr. Booth Templeton, who shared with most human beings the hunger to recapture the past moments, the ones that soften with the years. But in his case, the characters of his past blocked him out and sent him back to his own time, which is where we find him now. Mr. Booth Templeton, who had a round-trip ticket - into The Twilight Zone.
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Rather philosophical...
3 October 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Brian Aherne stars as an aging stage actor. He is rich and famous, but very unhappy and tired. Most of this is because he's feeling that life has somehow passed him by--he's a relic of the past. His trophy wife isn't particularly interested in him and he longs for his long dead first wife and his idyllic youth.

When he arrives late for the first rehearsal of his next play, the director (real-life director Sydney Pollack plays this part) is brash and obnoxious--further pushing him to long for the good old days.

Then, suddenly, upon leaving the theater it's now 1927. He looks the same but everyone else is younger. And, to his great surprise, his old friend and wife are alive and full of life. You'd think that this would be everything he'd ever wished for, but Aherne soon learns that you can never go back.

The theme of this episode is living in the moment and while this installment of the series isn't as weird or unpredictable as most, it manages to work well because of the nice leisurely pace that was created by Aherne. He glides slowly and deliberately through his role--instilling it with both class as well as sentimentality that I really liked. Not a great episode but also one well worth seeing.

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