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The Twilight Zone: The Mirror

A mirror residing in the office for the president of a revolutionary country shows the images of his assassins.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x6
Production Number: 4819
Airdate: Friday October 20th, 1961

Director: Don Medford
Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Will KuluvaWill Kuluva
As General DeCruz
Peter FalkPeter Falk
As Ramos Clemente

Co-Guest Stars
Arthur BatanidesArthur Batanides
As Tabal
Vladimir SokoloffVladimir Sokoloff
As Father Tomas
Richard KarlanRichard Karlan
As D'Allesandro
Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr.Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr.
As Garcia (as Rodolfo Hoyos)

David Armstrong (1)David Armstrong (1)
As Stunt Double
James TurleyJames Turley
voiced Offstage Voice
Robert L. McCordRobert L. McCord
voiced Offstage Voice
Val RuffinoVal Ruffino
As Guard
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Ruler Ramos Clemente steps out onto the balcony of his new manor and waves to the crowd, then returns to his ruling junta to celebrate their recent takeover. The men drink to the revolution and then Clemente drinks to his four lieutenants. He throws his glass at the portrait of the previous ruler, General DeCruz, and has him brought in. He displays him to the people and boasts that he will cover DeCruz with honey and stake him out for the ants. DeCruz refuses to beg or cower and says that they will soon become spoilers just like him. Clemente slaps him but DeCruz is unimpressed and warns that Clemente will discover the fear and paranoia that is the legacy of rulership. A Clemente is taken out, he notes that Clemente has his mirror, which an old woman gave to him. She said it was magic and that looking into it he could see the faces of his assassins. DeCruz tells Clemente to look deep and he will see his assassins, there and everywhere...

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Episode Notes
Peter Falk is best known as TV's Columbo.

Arthur Batanides is also in "Mr. Denton on Doomsday."

Dave Armstrong was a stunt double who was also used in "The Rip Van Winkle Caper."

Jim Turley is also in "Long Distance Call."

Richard Karlan was also in "Execution."

Robert L. McCord also appears in "Long Distance Call," "A Hundred Yards over the Rim," "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" and "The New Exhibit."

Vladimir Sokoloff is also in "Dust" and "The Gift."

Will Kuluva is also in "The New Exhibit."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
This is the face of Ramos Clemente, a year ago a beardless, nameless worker of the dirt who plodded behind a mule, furrowing someone else's land. And he looked up at a hot Central American sun and he pledged the impossible. He made a vow that he would lead an avenging army against the tyranny that put the ache in his back and the anguish in his eyes, and now one year later the dream of the impossible has become a fact. In just a moment we will look deep into this mirror and see the aftermath of a the Twilight Zone.

Ramos Clemente: Murderers can never be murdered. Murders can only be executed!

Father Tomas: This is the story of all tyrants, General. They have but one real enemy, and this is the one they never recognize until too late.

Closing Narration
Ramos Clemente, a would-be God in dungarees, strangled by an illusion, that will-o'-the-wisp mirage that dangles from the sky in front of the eyes of all ambitious men, all tyrants--and any resemblance to tyrants living or dead is hardly coincidental, whether it be here or in the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
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