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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Where Is Everybody?

Hosted by Rod Serling
Guest Stars:  Earl Holliman, James Gregory, Paul Langton, James McCallion, John Conwell
Directed by Robert Stevens
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

An amnesiac wanders into a deserted town, and tries to remember who he is while he searches for anyone he could talk to.

The first episode of The Twilight Zone is one of the best in my opinion, with a good performance by Holliman, and a terrifically eerie premise, tapping into our fears of loneliness.  The production is as cleverly staged as it is written, with the photography showing us the town through Holliman's eyes, startling us along with him when something unexpected comes into view, and suspense being generated by Bernard Herrmann's excellent score along with the unsettling moments of silence on the soundtrack when it's absent.  The series could not have gotten off to a better start.

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