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The Twilight Zone: The Trade-Ins

An old couple considers exchanging their pain-racked bodies for a more youthful model, but can only afford one transplant right now.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x31
Production Number: 4831
Airdate: Friday April 20th, 1962

Guest Stars
Joseph SchildkrautJoseph Schildkraut
As John Holt

Co-Guest Stars
Noah KeenNoah Keen
As Mr. Vance
Theodore MarcuseTheodore Marcuse
As Farraday (as Ted Marcuse)
Edson StrollEdson Stroll
As Young John Holt
Alma PlattAlma Platt
As Marie Holt
Terence de MarneyTerence de Marney
As Gambler #1
Sailor VincentSailor Vincent
As Gambler #2
Mary McMahonMary McMahon
As Receptionist
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


An elderly couple, John and Marie Holt, come to the New Life Corporation and meet with the salesman, Mr. Vance. The salesman reviews their medical histories and notes that John has been suffering from increasing illness and pain, then talks about how they specialize in rebirth. Vance explains that they build new artificial bodies in the prime of health and youth, close to perfection with a lifespan of 112 years. The Holts have been married for 50 years and John insists that their relationship can't end, that all they have is each other. Vance offers to show them the new models and takes them to a darkened series of chambers containing various "model" bodies. Vance explains that they put the patient to sleep and then transfer their personalities into their new perfect bodies without pain. Vance shows them other bodies in various poses and settings and is then called away. The Holts are left to wonder at the miracle presented to them and whether it's real...

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Episode Notes
Edson Stroll was also in "The Eye of the Beholder."

Joseph Schildkraut was also in "Deaths-Head Revisited."

Noah Keen was also in "The Arrival."

Theodore Marcuse is also in "To Serve Man."

Joseph Schildkraut's wife died three days into the production of the episode, giving extra emphasis to his performance of a man losing his wife.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Mr. and Mrs. John Holt, aging people who slowly and with trembling fingers turn the last pages of a book of life and hope against logic and the preordained that some magic printing press will add to this book another limited edition. But these two senior citizens happen to live in a time of the future where nothing is impossible, even the trading of old bodies for new. Mr. and Mrs. John Holt, in their twilight years - who are about to find that there happens to be a zone with the same name.

Closing Narration
From Kahil Gibran's The Prophet: 'Love gives not but itself and takes not from itself, love possesses not nor would it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love.' Not a lesson, just a reminder, from all the sentimentalists in the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorBill Mosher
CastingRobert Walker, Jr.
Make-upWilliam Tuttle
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith  |  Keogh Gleason
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber  |  Merrill Pye  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
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