In his rundown apartment, Oliver Crangle calls an employer and informs him that one of his workers is a Communist. He calls a school superintendent and tells him one of the teachers is morally objectionable. He boasts to his parrot, Pete, that he's made eleven calls that morning. Looking out the window, he talks about all the people carrying evil with them. He announces that he will be going forward with his plan to destroy all evil at four o'clock that day, even though he isn't sure yet exactly what will happen or how it will occur. ..Read the full recap
Theodore Bikel is one of the world's most versatile actors, a master of languages, accents and dialects, and is known for playing the role of the heavy. He also can sing folk songs in 20 different languages.
Narrator: That's Oliver Crangle, a dealer in petulance and poison. He's rather arbitrarily chosen four o'clock as his personal Gotterdammerung, and we are about to watch the metamorphosis of a twisted fanatic, poisoned by the gangrene of prejudice, to the status of an avenging angel, upright and omniscient, dedicated and fearsome. Whatever your clocks say it's four o'clock - and wherever you are it happens to be the Twilight Zone.
Crangle: My dear lady, I don't threaten people. I compile them. I compile them and I investigate them, analyze them. Then I categorize them and I judge them. If they're impure and evil then they must be punished. On the other hand, if they're simply mislead or naive or unsophisticated, then I point out to them the right way.
Narrator: At four o'clock, an evil man made his bed and lay in it, a pot called a kettle black, a stone-thrower broke the windows of his glass house. You look for this one under 'F' for fanatic and 'J' for justice - in the Twilight Zone.