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The Twilight Zone: A Stop at Willoughby

A fed up modern day executive finds escape in the peaceful town of Willoughby…in July 1880.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x30
Production Number: 173-3629
Airdate: Friday May 06th, 1960

Director: Robert Parrish
Writer: Rod Serling

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Gart Williams is an unhappy man, with a terrible boss and a shrewish wife. While riding home on a train, he manages to fall asleep and dreams. He awakens when the conductor yells out "Willoughby, All out for Willoughby." He asks the conductor where is Willoughby. It's a town where "A man can slow down to a walk and live his life full measure." He tells his wife about the dream and gets ridiculed. The pressure from his job is just too much and he finally cracks. He calls his wife and tells her he is quitting, but she hangs up on him. On the train ride home he tries to dream the same dream as before. Soon he is back to Willoughby and this time he gets off. He is greeted by friendly folks and decides he will stay there. Meanwhile, the train has stopped. Gart has jumped from the train to his death after being heard yelling out "Willoughby." The body is then loaded in a hearse that bears the name "Willoughby Funeral Home."..

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