Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone

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Just having celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, "The Twilight Zone" remains one of the most popular television shows ever. Filled with photographs and personal remembrances, Rod Serling's widow, Carol, comments on some of the series' most memorable episodes. Veteran film historian Douglas Brode provides in-depth descriptions of these episodes and why they were so resonant with viewers.
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Overview

Just having celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, "The Twilight Zone" remains one of the most popular television shows ever. Filled with photographs and personal remembrances, Rod Serling's widow, Carol, comments on some of the series' most memorable episodes. Veteran film historian Douglas Brode provides in-depth descriptions of these episodes and why they were so resonant with viewers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569804605
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/16/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 723,700
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction: The World According to Rod xv

Chapter 1 THE WAY WE WERE: The Lure of Nostalgia 1

Walking Distance 1

A Stop at Willoughby 8

The Incredible World of Horace Ford 17

Chapter 2 What Dreams May Come: Nightmares at Noon 21

Where Is Everybody? 21

King Nine Will Not Return 26

Perchance to Dream 29

Nightmare as a Child 31

Shadow Play 34

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 36

Chapter 3 Angels in America: Cosmic Capra-Corn 39

One for the Angels 39

The Big Tall Wish 44

A Passage for Trumpet 49

Night of the Meek 53

The Changing of the Guard 55

Chapter 4 Me, Myself, & I: An Auteur's Identity Crisis 57

And When the Sky Was Opened 57

Mirror Image 60

The After Hours 62

Miniature 64

Mute 66

A World of Difference 70

The Dummy 72

A Quality of Mercy 74

Chapter 5 Future Imperfect: The Shape of Things to Come 77

The Lonely 77

I Sing the Body Electric 80

Third from the Sun 81

I Shot an Arrow Into the Air 84

People Are Alike All Over 87

The Parallel 91

Chapter 6 It's About Time!: Had We But World Enough… 95

Time Enough at Last 95

Two 97

Back There 99

No Time Like the Past 100

The Last Flight 104

The Odyssey of Flight 33 107

The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms 109

A Short Drink From a Certain Fountain 111

Chapter 7 The Undiscovered Country: Death in the Fifth Dimension 113

The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine 113

The Four of Us Are Dying 115

The Hitch-Hiker 117

The Purple Testament 120

Deaths-Head Revisited 121

The Thirty-Fathom Grave 123

A Nice Place to Visit 124

Nothing in the Dark 124

Death Ship 124

Long Distance Call 126

In Praise of Pip 128

Chapter 8 Deals with the Devil: Dr. Faustus in the Fifth Dimension 131

Escape Clause 131

The Fever 133

Nick of Time 135

Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room 137

Last Night of a Jockey 137

Long Live Walter Jameson 139

Printer's Devil 140

Jess-Belle 142

Of Late I Think of Cliffordville 144

The Bard 146

Chapter 9 How the West was Weird: Two Genres at a Crossroads 149

Mr. Denton on Doomsday 149

A Hundred Yards Over the Rim 151

Execution 153

Dust 157

The Grave 161

Mr. Garrity and the Graves 163

Showdown with Rance McGrew 164

Chapter 10 "Look to the Skies!": Close Encounters of the Zone Kind 167

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street 167

Mr. Dingle, the Strong 170

Hocus Pocus and Frisby 171

The Invaders 172

The Little People 174

The Fear 175

Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? 178

The Fugitive 179

The Gift 181

To Serve Man 183

Chapter 11 Right Turn/Left Face: Politics in the Zone 185

Judgment Night 185

He's Alive 190

The Howling Man 190

The Obsolete Man 194

On Thursday We Leave for Home 197

The Old Man in the Cave 200

Chapter 12 Video Noir: The Dark Side of the Small Screen 203

The Eye of the Beholder 203

It's a Good Life 205

The Shelter 207

One More Pallbearer 207

The Midnight Sun 210

Little Girl Lost 211

Kick the Can 211

Spur of the Moment 211

Uncle Simon 213

The Masks 214

Living Doll 215

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet 215

I Am the Night-Color Me Black 217

The Long Morrow 219

Conclusion: Why Should we Take Serling Seriously? 223

Index 237

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