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The Twilight Zone: Four O'Clock

A cranky, callous man decides to shrink everyone he believes is evil two feet tall at exactly 4 p.m.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x29
Production Number: 4832
Airdate: Friday April 06th, 1962

Director: Lamont Johnson (2)
Story: Price Day
Teleplay: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Theodore BikelTheodore Bikel
As Oliver Crangle

Co-Guest Stars
Phyllis LovePhyllis Love
As Mrs. Lucas
Moyna MacGillMoyna MacGill
As Mrs. Chloe Williams
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


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. ..

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Episode Notes
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.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
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.

Closing Narration
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.

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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