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The Once and Future King/A Saucer of Loneliness 

The Once and Future King: Elvis impersonator Gary Pitkin finds himself transported back to Elvis' time after a car accident. A Saucer of Loneliness: Shy young Margaret receives a private message from a flying saucer.

Directors:

John D. Hancock (as John Hancock), Jim McBride

Writers:

Rod Serling (created by), George R.R. Martin (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Yagher ... Gary Pitkin / Elvis Presley (segment "The Once and Future King")
Lisa Jane Persky ... Sandra (segment "The Once and Future King")
Red West ... Mr. Harris (segment "The Once and Future King")
Paul Eiding ... Sam Phillips (segment "The Once and Future King")
Banks Harper Banks Harper ... Marion Keisker (segment "The Once and Future King")
Brian Hatton Brian Hatton ... Bill (segment "The Once and Future King")
Mitch Carter ... Scotty (segment "The Once and Future King")
Cynthia Sanders ... Waitress (segment "The Once and Future King")
Nancy Throckmorton Nancy Throckmorton ... Barmaid (segment "The Once and Future King")
Shelley Duvall ... Margaret (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Richard Libertini ... Beach Man (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Nan Martin ... Margaret's Mother (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Edith Diaz Edith Diaz ... Religious Woman (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Andrew Masset ... Margaret's Date (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
Mari Gorman ... Jill (segment "A Saucer of Loneliness")
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The Once and Future King: Elvis impersonator Gary Pitkin finds himself transported back to Elvis' time after a car accident. A Saucer of Loneliness: Shy young Margaret receives a private message from a flying saucer.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1986 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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"A Saucer of Loneliness" is dedicated to the memory of Theodore Sturgeon, who wrote the 1953 short story of the same name of which it was based. See more »

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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Interesting though uneven
24 April 2016 | by sedenhansen-61849See all my reviews

The twilight zone's second season kicks off with these two very different episodes. The Once and Future King poses and intriguing take on the possibility of an Elvis doppelganger. Interestingly, a 2015 film, "The Identical", explored the same premise, though in a different way. The psychological weight borne by the main character, however iffy the setup, and the loop nature of time and destiny, are intriguing. "A saucer of loneliness" tells and intriguing story, but is damaged by characters that are two-dimensional (plus cheesy special effects). The propensity of people to seek messianic guidance in life, and project their own expectations onto highly unusual events, is interestingly touched on.


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