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The Twilight Zone: Young Man's Fancy

A newlywed longs for the carefree days of his youth and succeeds in making his past reappear, to the abashment of his new bride.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x34
Production Number: 4813
Airdate: Friday May 11th, 1962

Director: John Brahm
Writer: Richard Matheson


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Guest Stars
Phyllis ThaxterPhyllis Thaxter
As Virginia Walker-Lane
Alex NicolAlex Nicol
As Alex Walker

Co-Guest Stars
Wallace RooneyWallace Rooney
As Mr. Wilkinson
Recurring
Helen BrownHelen Brown
As Henrietta Walker
Ricky KelmanRicky Kelman
As Alex (age 10)
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Thirty-four year old Alex Walker and his new wife Virginia return to the house of his dead mother Henrietta, where Alex grew up. They prepare to sell the house and go on their honeymoon but as they arrive, Alex notices a photo of his mother on the end table. He considers it a moment then goes up to his room to pack his belongings. As he goes up the stairs, he looks around pensively and starts adjusting the grandfather clock and the paintings. While Virginia calls the realtor, Mr. Wilkinson, Alex returns and looks over the house and starts deciding what to keep. Virginia, puzzled, thought they had decided to determine what to keep later after the house was sold. Alex starts reminiscing over how he and his mother used to listen to the radio and Virginia finally has to pull him away and send him to pack. They go past the grandfather clock, which has stopped working again...

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Episode Notes
Wallace Rooney was also seen in "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" and "In His Image."



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator:
You're looking at the house of the late Mrs. Henrietta Walker. This is Mrs. Walker herself, as she appeared twenty-five years ago. And this, except for isolated objects, is the living room of Mrs. Walker's house, as it appeared in that same year. The other rooms upstairs and down are much the same. The time however, is not twenty-five years ago but now. The house of the late Henrietta Walker is, you see, a house which belongs almost entirely to the past, a house which, like Mrs. Walker's clock here, has ceased to recognize the passage of time. Only one element is missing now, one remaining item in the estate of the late Mrs. Walker: her son Alex, thirty-four years of age and, up until twenty minutes ago, the so-called perennial bachelor. With him is his bride, the former Miss Virginia Lane. They're returning from city hall in order to get Mr. Walker's clothes packed, make final arrangements for the sale of the house, lock it up and depart on their honeymoon. Not a complicated set of tasks, it would appear, and yet the newlywed Mrs. Walker is about to discover that old adage 'You can't go home again' has little meaning in the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator:
Exit Miss Virginia Lane, formerly and most briefly Mrs. Alex Walker. She has just given up a battle and in a strange way retreated, but this has been a retreat back to reality. Her opponent, Alex Walker, will now and forever hold a line that exists in the past. He has put a claim on a moment in time and is not about to relinquish it. Such things do happen - in the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorJason H. Bernie
MusicNathan Scott
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Philip Barber
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 3 episode 34 guide may contain spoilers
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