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The Twilight Zone: A Nice Place to Visit

A small-time hoodlum gets killed by the police during a robbery and finds an afterlife where he can have anything he wants.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x28
Production Number: 173-3632
Airdate: Friday April 15th, 1960

Director: John Brahm
Writer: Charles Beaumont


  • Currently 7.5/10
7.5/10 (2 Votes cast)

Trailer


 
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Guest Stars
Larry Blyden
As Rocky Valentine
Recurring
Sebastian Cabot
As Mr. Pip

Uncredited
John Close
As Policeman
Recurring
Sandra Warner
As The Brunette Woman
Recurring
Barbara English
As The Dancing Blonde
Bill Mullikin
As The Parking Attendant
Nels Nelson
As The Midget Policeman
Wayne Tucker
As The Croupier
Main Cast
Rod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Rocky Valentine, a thief, has knocked out the owner of a loan shop and steals the gems from the safe. When the police arrive, Rocky runs into the alley and tries to climb over the fence. The police open fire and hit him, and Rocky drops to the floor of the alley...

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Episode Notes
Mickey Rooney was originally intended to play the lead role.

Writer Charles Beaumont suggested Rod Serling play Rocky Valentine if they couldn't get Mickey Rooney.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator:
Portrait of a man at work, the only work he's ever done, the only work he knows. His name is Henry Francis Valentine but he calls himself Rocky, because that's the way his life has been--rocky and perilous and uphill at a dead run all the way. He's tired now, tired of running or wanting, of waiting for the breaks that come to others but never to him. Never to Rocky Valentine. A scared, angry little man. He thinks it's all over now but he's wrong. For Rocky Valentine, it's just the beginning.

Rocky Valentine: I don't like games.
Mr. Pip: Oh, but that isn't true, Mr. Valentine. Why, you like roulette, blackjack, poker, craps. And between the ages of 7 and 10, you were quite fond of mumbletypeg.

Rocky Valentine: Ah, you eat it.
Mr. Pip: Oh, I've no need. I haven't eaten in... well, it must be two or three centuries.
Rocky Valentine: Anything wrong with it?
Mr. Pip: No.
Rocky Valentine: Then eat it.
Mr. Pip: I can't. I've forgotten how.

Rocky Valentine: What's going on here? Where am I?
Mr. Pip: Mr. Valentine, do you remember when we met earlier today? I told you I was in a sense your guide. And you said you needed a guide like a hole in the head.
Rocky Valentine: Yeah.
Mr. Pip: Well, as a matter of strict fact, you had a hole in the head only a short time before. A bullet hole.

Rocky Valentine: Hey, Fats, I want you should get rid of that heap I've been driving.
Mr. Pip: Well, it certainly goes fast enough. Is there something wrong?
Rocky Valentine: Yeah, the ashtrays are full!

Rocky Valentine: Henry Francis Valentine. Ha-ha. Born 1923, Brooklyn, New York. Age of 6, slaughtered small dog. Well, why not, he bit me.

Mr. Pip: But the gambling, I thought you enjoyed that.
Rocky Valentine: I do! But--but--but when you win every time, that's ain't gambling, that's charity!

Rocky Valentine: Come on. Sit down, Fats. Sit down. Now, look, I don't know how to explain this, but it just ain't the same thing. I mean, what's the kick knocking off a bank if everybody knows about it, huh? And--and--and the dames! I never thought I would get bored with beautiful dames. Look, look, I wouldn't expect an angel to understand this, see, but, but, being a big guy with a chick--it don't mean anything if it's all set up in advance. And, I mean, everything is great here, you see, really great. It's just the way I always imagined it except that, that, well, just between you and me, Fats, I don't think I belong here. I don't think I fit in.
Mr. Pip: Oh, nonsense. Of course you do!
Rocky Valentine: No, no, I mean it. I mean it. Somebody must have goofed. If I gotta stay here another day, I'm gonna go nuts! Look, look, I don't belong in Heaven, see. I want to go to the other place.
Mr. Pip: Heaven? Whatever gave you the idea you were in Heaven, Mr. Valentine? This is the other place!

Closing Narration
Narrator:
A scared, angry little man who never got a break. Now he has everything he's ever wanted--and he's going to have to live with it for eternity... in the Twilight Zone.



Episode Goofs
When Rocky evicts the three women and slams the door after them, the entire wall shakes.


When Rocky makes the pool shot, the camera is frozen, locked, and then restarted to move the balls. However, they forget to remove the ball in the upper right corner after it supposedly goes into the pocket.




Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorJoseph Gluck
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Robert R. Benton  |  Keogh Gleason
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Merrill Pye
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Philip Mitchell
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorDonald C. Klune
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 1 episode 28 guide may contain spoilers
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