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The Twilight Zone: The Trouble with Templeton

An aging actor, reflecting on the happier days of his youth, gets a sobering look of his past.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x9
Production Number: 173-3649
Airdate: Friday December 09th, 1960

Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: E. Jack Neuman


Guest Stars
Brian AherneBrian Aherne
As Booth Templeton

Co-Guest Stars
King CalderKing Calder
As Sid Sperry
Pippa ScottPippa Scott
As Laura Templeton
Sydney PollackSydney Pollack
As Arthur Willis
Dave WillockDave Willock
As Marty
Larry J. BlakeLarry J. Blake
As Freddie (as Larry Blake)
Charles CarlsonCharles Carlson
As Barney Flueger

John KrogerJohn Kroger
As Ed Page
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Aging actor Booth Templeton is in his home when he hears the sounds of his young wife flirting with her new flame, Ed Page. Templeton's servant Marty comes in and Templeton concedes that his wife's infidelities have been common knowledge for a long time. As he takes his scheduled medication, he wonders if she's waiting for the day when his pills no longer work. Templeton prepares to go in for a day of rehearsals for his new play, against Marty's advice. He talks about how he'll go there and everyone will congratulate him and he'll go through another monotonous grind of rehearsals and performances. The only contentment Templeton remembers is with his first wife Laura, who died after seven years after marriage. He wonders why God took her from him and notes that he has nothing left now...

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Episode Notes
King Calder returns in "Valley of the Shadow."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Pleased to present for your consideration Mr. Booth Templeton, serious and successful star of over thirty Broadway plays, who is not quite all right today. Yesterday and its memories is what he wants, and yesterday is what he'll get. Soon his years and his troubles will descend on him in an avalanche. In order not to be crushed, Mr. Booth Templeton will escape from his theater and his world and make his debut on another stage in another world that we call the Twilight Zone.

Laura: Oh, I'd be glad to get into a cold tub. Oh, Booth, will you tell me why on this glad green Earth you're wearing an overcoat for on a night like this. Will you tell me now, Booth? I mean, really.
Booth: I'm not so certain that it is a glad green Earth. Oh, Laura, Laura, darling. Barney, I'm not so certain of this Earth or of anything in it right now. Oh, please, listen to me, listen to me, won't you, Laura? Laura, somethings happened. Something very strange. Please, try to understand. This isn't makeup. I've grown older, darling. In another world many, for many, many lonely years, I've had only a memory of you to live on. You too, Barney. Why you were my one and only best friend. But both of you have been only memories for a long time. And now, tonight, or today, or whatever it is and wherever I am in space or time, I have you back again. You're alive! You didn't die! Life is going on here. It's just as if you'd never died. Either of you. You do understand, don't you?
Barney: Oh, sure.
Booth: Laura, do you understand?
Laura: Sure! Come on, let's have a good time, huh.
Booth: Laura, why are you so different?
Laura Templeton: Well, that's the way I am, Booth. That's the way it is. I mean, what'd you expect?
Barney Flueger: Yes, old chap, what did you expect?
Booth Templeton: I, I don't know. But you were my love. Everywhere at all times. Why, we couldn't walk a street or sit in a restaurant without everybody knowing that we were in love.
Laura Templeton: Are you finished?
Booth Templeton: I don't like what you've become. (Both Laura and Barney start laughing) Shut up! Shut up, both of you! Shut up! Laura, Laura, come with me.
Laura Templeton: You're a silly old fool of a man! (Looks at the band) That's for me! (Starts to dance)
Booth Templeton: Stop it! Stop it!
Laura Templeton: Why don't you go back where you came from? We don't want you here!

Closing Narration
Mr. Booth Templeton, who shared with most human beings the hunger to recapture the past moments, the ones that soften with the years. But in his case, the characters of his past blocked him out and sent him back to his own time, which is where we find him now. Mr. Booth Templeton, who had a round-trip ticket into the Twilight Zone.

Episode Goofs
When Booth grabs Laura to keep her from dancing, he accidentally destroys her flapper beads and they hang from her neck in two long strands. However, later in the episode, the beads have magically repaired themselves.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorBill Mosher
CastingEthel Winant
MusicJeff Alexander (1)
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerE. Darrell Hallenbeck
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Charles Scheid
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorLindsley Parsons, Jr.
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