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The Twilight Zone: The Lonely

A convicted murderer sentenced to 40 years on a deserted asteroid is given the company of a robot in the form of a beautiful woman.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x7
Production Number: 173-3602
Airdate: Friday November 13th, 1959

Director: Jack Smight
Writer: Rod Serling


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Guest Stars
Jack WardenJack Warden
As James A. Corry
Recurring
James TurleyJames Turley
As Carstairs
Recurring
John DehnerJohn Dehner
As Captain Allenby
Recurring
Jean MarshJean Marsh
As Alicia
Ted KnightTed Knight
As Adams
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Allenby, the captain of a supply ship, takes pity on Corry, and leaves him Alicia, a robot that looks and sounds like a woman. Corry is repelled by the robot, but eventually falls in love with her. Allenby returns one day and tells Corry he's been pardoned, and they've come to bring him home. Corry can only bring back fifteen pounds of gear, which means he must leave Alicia behind. Corry refuses to leave without her, so Allenby pulls out a gun and shoots Alicia in the face, revealing a mass of wires. Allenby tells Corry, "All you're leaving behind is loneliness." Stunned, Corry replies, "I must remember that, I must remember to keep that in mind." ..

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Episode Notes
Filming location: Death Valley. In fact this location was often used. With the conditions being so extreme, the cast and crew became dehydrated, and the director of photography George T. Clemens, collapsed and fell from the camera crane.

This was actually the first episode produced after the pilot.

Jack Warden starred as Juror #7 in the movie 12 Angry Men. In addition, he starred on the TV series Crazy Like a Fox. He also appeared in The Bad News Bears TV show as coach Morris Buttermaker.

Jean Marsh is a veteran actress who made many guest appearances on Dr. Who as well as 9 to 5 TV show as Roz Keith, [1982-1983] and Upstairs, Downstairs.

John Dehner returns in ''The Jungle and Mr. Garrity and the Graves," but is better known for his roles in westerns.

Ted Knight is best known for his role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Ted Baxter.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator:
Witness if you will a dungeon, made out of mountains, salt flats and sand that stretch to infinity. The dungeon has an inmate: James A. Corry. And this is his residence: a metal shack. An old touring car that squats in the sun and goes nowhere - for there is nowhere to go. For the record let it be known that James A. Corry is a convicted criminal placed in solitary confinement. Confinement in this case stretches as far as the eye can see, because this particular dungeon is on an asteroid nine million miles from the Earth. Now witness if you will a man's mind and body shriveling in the sun, a man dying of loneliness.

James A. Corry: (o.s. reading from his journal) Fifteenth day, sixth month, year four. All the days and the months and the years the same. There'll be a supply ship coming in soon, I think. They're either due or overdue. And I hope it's Allenby's ship because he's a decent man and he brings things for me, like he brought in the parts for that antique automobile. I spent a year putting that thing together, such as it is. A whole year putting an old car together. But thank God for that car and for the hours I used up and the days and the weeks. I can look at it out there and I know that it's real. Reality is what I need. Because what is there left that I can believe in? That desert and the wind, the silence, or myself? Can I believe in myself anymore?(o.s.) Fifteenth day, sixth month, year four. All the days and the months and the years the same. There'll be a supply ship coming in soon, I think. They're either due or overdue. And I hope it's Allenby's ship because he's a decent man and he brings things for me, like he brought in the parts for that antique automobile. I spent a year putting that thing together, such as it is. A whole year putting an old car together. But thank God for that car and for the hours I used up and the days and the weeks. I can look at it out there and I know that it's real. Reality is what I need. Because what is there left that I can believe in? That desert and the wind, the silence, or myself? Can I believe in myself anymore?

Adams: Hey, we've been here two minutes already and he hasn't asked about the pardon.
Corry: How 'bout it, Allenby?
Adams: You're out of luck, Corry. The sentence reads 50 years, and they're not even reviewing cases of homicide. You've been here four years now, so that makes forty-six more to go, so make yourself comfortable, huh??
Captain Allenby: Corry, we don't make the rules. All we do is deliver your supplies and pass on information. Told you last time there's been a lot of pressure back home about this kind of punishment. A lot of people who think it's unnecessarily cruel. They might change their minds, alter the law, imprison you on Earth like the old days. But who knows what the next couple of years may bring.
James A. Corry: Years? Allenby, every morning when I get up I tell myself this is my last day of sanity. I can't stand this loneliness one more day, not one more day! I know when I can't keep my fingers still and the inside of my mouth feels like gunpowder and burnt copper. Down deep inside my gut I get an ache that's just pulling everything out. Then I force myself to hold on for one more day, just one more day. But I can't do that for another 46 years, Allenby. I'll go right out of my mind.
Adams: You're breaking my heart.
Captain Allenby: Adams, you and Carstairs go get the supplies.
Adams: Mr. Corry got a broken leg or something?
Captain Allenby: You go ahead and do what I tell you, now! And that big crate, you know, the big one, you treat that one gently.

Captain Allenby: And, Corry, I brought you something else, too. It'll mean my job if they ever suspect. It'll be my neck if they found out for sure.
James A. Corry: Look, Allenby, I don't want any gifts. I don't want tidbits. Makes me feel like an animal in a cage with an old lady out there who wants to throw peanuts at me. A pardon, Allenby. That's the only gift I want. I'm not a murderer. I killed in self-defense. There are still a lot of people who believe me and it happens to be the truth. I killed in self-defense!
Captain Allenby: I know. I know all about it. And I doubt if this will be any consolation to you but this isn't an easy assignment to handle, stopping here four times a year and having to look at a man's agony.
James A. Corry: You're right, Allenby. It's very little consolation.
Captain Allenby: Well, I can't bring you freedom. All I can do is try to bring you things to help keep your sanity. Something to, well, anything so you can just fight the loneliness.

James A. Corry: Have a good trip back. Give my regards to Broadway.
Captain Allenby: Sure, Corry. See you in three months.
James A. Corry: Allenby, I don't care much what's in it, but for the thought, for the decency, thank you.
Captain Allenby: You're quite welcome, Corry.

James A. Corry: (o.s.reading from journal) Alicia's been with me now for 11 months. It's difficult to write down what has been the sum total of this very strange and bizarre relationship. Is it man and woman, or man and machine? I don't really know myself. But there are times when I do know that Alicia is simply an extension of me. I hear my words coming from her, my emotions. The things that she has learned to love are those things that I have loved. I'm not lonely anymore. Each day can now be lived with. I love Alicia. Nothing else matters.

James A. Corry: That's in the constellation of Orion. And there's the Great Bear. See it with it's pointer stars in line with the northern star? There's the constellation Hercules.
Alicia: God's beauty.
James A. Corry: That's right. God's beauty.
Alicia: That star, Corry! What's that star?
James A. Corry: That's not a star. That's a ship.
Alicia: A ship? But it can't be a ship. There isn't one due here for three months. You said after the last time not for another three months.
James A. Corry: Must be Allenby's ship. He's the only one that ever comes close. They stop at the other asteroids then they come here. That means we'll see them in the morning.
Alicia: We'd better get back to the house, then.
James A. Corry: Nah.

Closing Narration
Narrator:
On a microscopic piece of sand that floats through space is a fragment of a man's life. Left to rust is the place he lived in and the machines he used. Without use, they will disintegrate from the wind and the sand and the years that act upon them; all of Mr. Corry's machines - including the one made in his image, kept alive by love, but now obsolete in the Twilight Zone.



Episode Goofs
Asteroids would not be large enough or even stable enough to hold an atmosphere.

Allenby lays his hand upon Corey's shoulder near the neck, and as the scene changes so does the location of Allenby's arm.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorJoseph Gluck
CastingMillie Gusse (1)
MusicBernard Herrmann
Set DesignerHenry Grace
Set DecoratorRudy Butler
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorWilliam Ferrari  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Jean Valentino
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Sound Effects EditorVan Allen James
 
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