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The Twilight Zone: The Jungle

A man feels hunted in the streets of Manhattan by jungle beasts after being threatened with death by an African native for violating tribal land.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x12
Production Number: 4806
Airdate: Friday December 01st, 1961

Guest Stars
John DehnerJohn Dehner
As Alan Richards

Co-Guest Stars
Walter BrookeWalter Brooke
As Chad Cooper
Jay AdlerJay Adler
As Vagrant
Hugh SandersHugh Sanders
As Mr. Templeton
Howard WrightHoward Wright
As Mr. Hardy
Jay OverholtsJay Overholts
As Taxi Driver
Emily McLaughlinEmily McLaughlin
As Doris Richards
Donald FosterDonald Foster
As Mr. Sinclair
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


In New York City, engineer Alan Richards is in his apartment and asks his wife Doris where his cuff link is. She claims not to know where it is, but he shows her that he found it in her jewel case along with items: a human finger, a vulture's claw, and other witch doctor's baubles. She claims they're souvenirs but when he tosses them in the fire, she panics. He notes they're not in Africa any more and superstitions are for weak people, not him. He insists they have nothing to fear from witch doctors five thousand miles away. Doris notes that when his men started drilling for a hydroelectric project, a shaman warned them not to and said that the land would make them pay. She begs him to stop the drilling but he refuses to pander to superstition. He takes his coat and leaves, but Doris warns that he'll never be back. As Alan steps out, he finds a dead goat in the hallway outside...

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Episode Notes
Emily McLaughlin appeared for many years as Nurse Jessie Brewer on the long running daytime soap General Hospital.

A sequence where Richards takes a cab, but his cab driver silently drops dead at a red light, is absent from the syndicated version.

Howard Wright is also in "What's in the Box."

Hugh Sanders is also in "Judgment Night" and "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville."

Jay Adler is also in "He's Alive."

Jay Overholts was also in "Where is Everybody?," "One for the Angels," "A Thing About Machines," "Twenty-Two," "The Odyssey of Flight 33," "Static" and "Showdown with Rance McGrew."

John Dehner is also in "The Lonely" and "Mr. Garrity and the Graves."

Walter Brooke is also in "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain."

This episode is based on the short story "The Jungle" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in If magazine December, 1954.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
The carcass of a goat, a dead finger, a few bits of broken glass and stone, and Mr. Alan Richards, a modern man of a modern age, hating with all his heart something in which he cannot believe and preparing, although he doesn't know it, to take the longest walk of his life, right down to the center of the Twilight Zone.

Alan Richards: Chad, tell me something. If you wanted to get hold of a dead goat on a hour's notice, where would you go?
Chad Cooper: To a psychiatrist.

Alan Richards: This is a lion's tooth. I gather I'm being protected from lions.
Chad Cooper: In... New York City?
Alan Richards: Yep.
Chad Cooper: Well, you have to admit, it's doing a fine job.

Closing Narration
Some superstitions, kept alive by the long night of ignorance, have their own special power. You'll hear of it through a jungle grapevine in a remote corner of the Twilight Zone.

Episode Goofs
When Alan Richards first gets into his car, the driver's side window is rolled up. After a quick cutaway, the car is shown again and the window is down.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorJason H. Bernie
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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