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The Twilight Zone: One More Pallbearer

Three people are involved in an elaborate hoax to get them to apologize to a wealthy man whom they had all humiliated once during their lifetime.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x17
Production Number: 4823
Airdate: Friday January 12th, 1962



  • Currently 7.3/10
7.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Joseph WisemanJoseph Wiseman
As Paul Radin

Co-Guest Stars
Katherine SquireKatherine Squire
As Mrs. Langsford
Recurring
Trevor BardetteTrevor Bardette
As Colonel Hawthorne
Gage ClarkeGage Clarke
As Mr. Hughes

Uncredited
Josip ElicJosip Elic
As First Electrician
Recurring
Ray GalvinRay Galvin
As Policeman
Robert SnyderRobert Snyder
As Second Electrician
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

At the Radin Building, owner and multi-millionnaire Paul Radin descends an elevator into an underground shelter where two workmen are completing installation of a sound and projection system. Radin brings up an image of the city and then a nuclear bomb exploding. Radin notes to the worker that the shelter is authentic but he plans to use it for a practical joke of sorts on three friends that are coming to visit. The workman is astonished that Radin would pull such an expensive prank on his friends, and Radin notes that they are very special friends indeed...

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Episode Notes
Trevor Bardette is best known for his dual role in the movie Jungle Girl.

Katherine Squire would later appear in the episode "In His Image."

Joseph Wiseman is best known as the title villain from Doctor No.

Josip Elic was also in "The Obsolete Man."

One of the few TZ episodes with no fantastical or supernatural elements.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator:
What you have just looked at takes place three hundred feet underground, beneath the basement of a New York City skyscraper. It's owned and lived in by one Paul Radin. Mr. Radin is rich, eccentric and single-minded. How rich we can already perceive; how eccentric and single-minded we shall see in a moment, because all of you have just entered the Twilight Zone.

Radin: How staunchly military, Colonel. Drive, drive, drive. Get up against that objective and wipe it out. Red flag on the map and troops out of the hot sun. Nerves of steel and a concrete head.

Radin: You're too blind or you're too stupid because none of you seem to understand. All you have to do, literally all you have to do, is say a sentence. Just a string of silly stupid words, like a command, Colonel, or like a lesson, teacher. Or like a prayer, Reverend. All you have to say is "You're sorry."

Radin: Tell me, Reverend, is life so stinking cheap that you can throw it down a drain?
Reverend: Life is very dear, Mr. Radin, infinitely valuable. But, there are other things that come even higher. Honor is one of them, perhaps the most expensive of them all.

Closing Narration
Narrator:
Mr. Paul Radin, a dealer in fantasy, who sits in the rubble of his own making and imagines that he's the last man on Earth, doomed to a perdition of unutterable loneliness because a practical joke has turned into a nightmare. Mr. Paul Radin, pallbearer at a funeral that he manufactured himself in the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorBill Mosher
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 3 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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