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The Twilight Zone: The Passersby

A wounded Civil War soldier realizes the people around him are not just walking down a road away from battle, but toward their final reward.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x4
Production Number: 4817
Airdate: Friday October 06th, 1961

Guest Stars
James GregoryJames Gregory
As The Sergeant
Joanne LinvilleJoanne Linville
As Lavinia Godwin

Co-Guest Stars
Rex HolmanRex Holman
As Charlie
David GarciaDavid Garcia
As Lieutenant
Austin GreenAustin Green
As Abraham Lincoln
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Confederate soldiers are marching back from the Civil War. A battered Sergeant sees a woman sitting on the porch of her burned-out manor. He asks her for a glass of water and she invites him to go ahead. They talk about the devastation caused by the War and he asks to sit down for a bit and plays a song on his guitar. The woman, Lavinia, talks about her husband and admits that he was killed in the War. She clutches at her side in pain and cries at all the men going by, and begs the Sergeant to play louder so no one can hear her cry and she can't hear the sounds of the men on the road...

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Episode Notes
James Gregory is best known as Inspector Luger in Barney Miller and the Planet of the Apes movies.

Joanne Linville appeared in Star Trek playing Romulan Commander in the episode: "The Enterprise Incident" . She was the only female to play such a role from the series.

James Gregory was also in "Where is Everybody?"

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
This road is the afterwards of the Civil War. It began at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and ended at a place called Appomattox. It's littered with the residue of broken battles and shattered dreams. In just a moment, you will enter a strange province that knows neither North nor South, a place we call the Twilight Zone.

The Sargeant: Well, war claims a lot of victims. Men, animals, God's own beauty.

Lieutenant: Is this your pleasure, ma'am?
Lavinia: And duty. A little of both, perhaps.

Abraham Lincoln: Of all the wonders that I've yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear seeing the death and necessary end. It will come when it will come.

Closing Narration
Incident on a dirt road during the month of April, the year 1865. As we've already pointed out, it's a road that won't be found on a map, but it's one of many that lead in and out of the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorBill Mosher
MusicFred Steiner
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
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