“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas; you’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.”
#115 – The New Exhibit
Season 4 Episode 13
Original Air Date: April 4, 1963
Writer: Charles Beaumont
Guest Star: Martin Balsam, Will Kuluva, Maggie Mahoney
Synopsis: A wax museum closes and the curator of the murderers’ row exhibit talks the owner into allowing him to keep the figures in his basement. The trouble begins when his wife grows tired of their “guests” and tries to destroy them.
Impressions: A tale of insanity, but not an insane tale. There is a twist at the end though not an elaborate one. This isn’t the best episode, nor the worst. An average offering, maybe a little less than average. The story is fine. I’m not blown away by it, but it might be better to read than watch. There was only so much you could do on network television in 1963.
#116 – Of Late I Think of Cliffordville
Season 4 Episode 14
Original Air Date: April 11, 1963
Writer: Rod Serling, based on a short story “Blind Alley” by Malcolm Jameson
Guest Stars: Albert Salmi, Julie Newmar, John Anderson, Wright King
Synopsis: Tycoon William Feathersmith feels he’s conquered everything. Now he’s bored. He wishes he could go back in time and begin anew armed with all he’s learned over the last 50 years. He soon learns that knowledge isn’t as powerful as he thinks, and to be careful for what he wishes.
Impressions: The original short story differs from the story told in the episode. While the basic premise, the soul of the story remains intact, the body has changed a bit. It isn’t anything drastic, but a few changes that aren’t worth getting into now. I suggest you read the original short story, it’s not bad. Then I suggest you watch this episode. It’s not bad either. Both tellings are enjoyable.
#117 – The Incredible World of Horace Ford
Season 4 Episode 15
Original Air Date: April 18, 1963
Writer: Reginald Rose
Guest Stars: Pat Hingle, Nan Martin, Ruth White, Phillip Pine, Vaughn Taylor
Synopsis: Horace Maxwell Ford is a 38-year-old toy designer. Most of his time is spent thinking about his childhood. A childhood that turns out not to be as fond as he remembers.
Impressions: This was a chore to watch. A horrible episode made even worse by the obnoxious yelling of Pat Hingle. I think his character is supposed to be a sympathetic figure, however I found him to be annoying. The story isn’t good either. There is no twist at the end, no big payoff, nothing. It ends without explaining how or why.
Twenty one discs down, seven more to go. What did we get? The good, the bad, and the ugly are represented on this disc. The bad doesn’t look that bad, even good compared to the ugly. That sums up the entire series. When a disc ends on a down note I find it difficult to start another one soon. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. As these episodes are twice as long, a bad story or episode becomes worse. That makes it a great effort to get through something in which I couldn’t find one bright spot. Though the Cliffordville episode makes me hope the next three are as good or better. There’s one disc left for this season. Of these three episodes, which one is your favorite?
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