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The Twilight Zone: People Are Alike All Over

The first astronaut to visit Mars is happy to find that the Martians greet him warmly and have even built him a home exactly like his back on Earth — but with one big difference.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x25
Production Number: 173-3613
Airdate: Friday March 25th, 1960

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Story: Paul Fairman
Teleplay: Rod Serling


Guest Stars
Roddy McDowallRoddy McDowall
As Sam Conrad

Co-Guest Stars
Paul ComiPaul Comi
As Warren Marcusson
Vic PerrinVic Perrin
As Second Martian
Byron MorrowByron Morrow
As First Martian
Vernon GrayVernon Gray
As Third Martian
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Astronauts Sam Conrad and Warren Marcusson watch as their spacecraft is prepared for its flight to Mars the next day. Marcusson wonders why they're spending their last night staring at their spacecraft, and Sam wonders if his friend is afraid. He admits that he is, and that he's a scientist, not a trained pilot. Sam wonders if they could just send his mind and is frightened of what they'll find. Marcusson says that the unknown would scare anyone. However, he figures that people are the same all over, on Earth and in the furthest region of space...

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Episode Notes
Vic Perrin, one of the Martians, was a widely-in-use voiceover actor . He is probably best remembered as the Control Voice from the original Outer Limits.

Paul Comi returns in "The Odyssey of Flight 33'' and "The Parallel.''

Roddy McDowall was a veteran actor who appeared in both The Planet of the Apes movie and TV show .

Vic Perrin is also in the "Ring-a-Ding Girl."

Episode Quotes
Warren Marcusson: It's an odd way to spend the last night, isn't it?
Sam Conrad: Odd?
Warren Marcusson: Well, last night on Earth you don't spend looking at your transportation. Last night on Earth, you spend enjoying Earth. You walk its streets, go in its bars, dance with its women. That's gonna be our world for a long time, Sam, and yet we stand out here watching her just three hours before we take off.

Opening Narration
You are looking at a species of flimsy little two-legged animal with extremely small heads whose name is Man. Warren Marcusson, age thirty-five. Samuel A. Conrad, age thirty-one... They're taking a highway into space--Man unshackling himself and sending his tiny, groping fingers up into the unknown. Their destination is Mars, and in just a moment we'll land there with them.

Sam Conrad: How do you know my language?
Teenya: We don't, Mr. Conrad. As you will no doubt soon realize, you are speaking our language.
Sam Conrad: Your language?
First Martian: Unconscious transference. You'd call it hypnosis of a sort.

Teenya: No one will hurt you, you must believe that. No one will hurt you.

(The front of the house slides open to reveal bars of a cage; the entire community of people, men, women, and children of all ages are outside watching Conrad as if he were part of a zoo. There is a sign in front of him that reads 'Earth Creature in his native habitat', which Conrad picks up, reads, then promptly throws down)
Sam Conrad: (yelling up towards the sky) Marcusson! Marcusson, you were right! You were right. People are alike. People are alike everywhere.

Closing Narration
Species of animal brought back alive. Interesting similarity in physical characteristics to human beings in head, trunk, arms, legs, hands, feet. Very tiny undeveloped brain; comes from primitive planet named Earth. Calls himself Samuel Conrad. And he will remain here in his cage with the running water and the electricity and the central heat as long as he lives. Samuel Conrad has found the Twilight Zone.

Cultural References
This episode is based on the short story "Brothers Beyond the Void" by Paul Fairman in Fantastic Adventures March, 1952, and was also included in August Derleth's anthology Worlds of Tomorrow.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorFred Maguire
CastingMillie Gusse
Set DecoratorRudy Butler  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  William Ferrari
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorEdward O. Denault
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