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The Twilight Zone: The Fugitive

An old man with the magical ability to change his appearance befriends a crippled young girl.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x25
Production Number: 4816
Airdate: Friday March 09th, 1962

Guest Stars
J. Pat OJ. Pat O'Malley
As Old Ben
Susan GordonSusan Gordon
As Jenny

Co-Guest Stars
Wesley LauWesley Lau
As First Pursuer
Russ BenderRuss Bender
As Doctor
Stephen TalbotStephen Talbot
As Howie Gutliff
Nancy KulpNancy Kulp
As Mrs. Gann
Paul TrippPaul Tripp
As Second Pursuer
Johnny EimenJohnny Eimen
As Pitcher
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Kids are playing baseball in the park and Old Ben is called up to bat by his friend Jenny, who has a leg brace. Old Ben bats it over the tree line and the kids accuse him of using magic again. Jenny suggests they do something else and they play “Spaceman.” The kids talk about how Old Ben is the only one who can transform into stuff and he agrees to be the Martian. Jenny describes how they’ll play as the crew and Old Ben goes behind some rocks to attack them. The kids start the game and go on their mission, and a hideous alien monster moves from behind the rock. All of the kids pretend-shoot and the monster falls back… and turns into Old Ben...

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Episode Notes
J. Pat O'Malley is also in "Walking Distance," "The Chaser," "Back There," "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross" and "Mr. Garrity and the Graves."

Russ Bender is also in "The Hitch-Hiker" and "On Thursday We Leave For Home."

Wesley Lau was also in "Twenty-Two."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Its been said science fiction and fantasy are two different things: science fiction, the improbable made possible; fantasy, the impossible made probable. What would you have if you put these two different things together? Well, you'd have an old man named Ben who knows a lot of tricks most people don't know and a little girl named Jenny who loves him - and a journey into the heart of the Twilight Zone.

Mrs. Gann: I should beat you until you can’t sit down, but I won’t because I’m too tired.

Old Ben: Now that isn’t respectful, Jenny. You must remember that Mrs. Gann is a very nervous person and she isn’t wholly responsible for her behavior.
Jenny:: Then who is?
Old Ben: Well, I’m not too sure, but in any case you try to forgive her.

Jenny: Ben?
Old Ben:: Yes?
Jenny: How come those men are after you? Are you a criminal?
Old Ben:: In a way, yes.
Jenny: What’d you do, rob a bank?
Old Ben:: No.
Jenny: Kill somebody?
Old Ben:: No.
Jenny: Then you must be a Communist.

Mrs. Gann: Who you talking to?
Jenny: Myself.
Mrs. Gann: Cut it out, you’ll go crazy that way.

Closing Narration
Mrs.Gann will be in for a big surprise when she finds this [photo of a young man] under Jenny's pillow, because Mrs.Gann has more temper than imagination. She'll never dream that this is a picture of Old Ben as he really looks, and it will never occur to her that eventually her niece will grow up to be an honest-to-goodness Queen - somewhere in the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorJason H. Bernie
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith
Director of PhotographyJack Swain
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Philip Barber
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
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