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The Twilight Zone: In His Image

A scientist tries to correct his imperfections by building a mechanical likeness of himself, which includes of all the finer qualities he is lacking.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x1
Production Number: 4851
Airdate: Thursday January 03rd, 1963

Guest Stars
Gail KobeGail Kobe
As Jessica Connelly
Gail KobeGail Kobe
As Jessica Connelly
Wallace RooneyWallace Rooney
As Man
Wallace RooneyWallace Rooney
As Man
Katherine SquireKatherine Squire
As The Old Woman
Katherine SquireKatherine Squire
As The Old Woman
George GrizzardGeorge Grizzard
As Alan Talbot / Walter Ryder, Jr.
James SeayJames Seay
As Sheriff
James SeayJames Seay
As Sheriff
James ForsterJames Forster
As Hotel Clerk
James ForsterJames Forster
As Hotel Clerk
George PetrieGeorge Petrie
As Driver
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


A man, Alan Talbot, keep hearing noises in his head. He kills a lady at the subway station, and then goes to pick up his fiance' Jessica. They are off to visit his aunt, but when they arrive, nothing is as he remembers it; buildings he can't recall, the university he works at is just an empty field, and his key doesn't fit the lock to his aunt's door. His parent's grave markers are replaced by those of a different name - Walter Reyes and his wife. He looks in a phone book and finds a Walter Reyes Jr. Walter explains that Alan is a robot created by himself, and that he had attacked Walter and ran off several days before. The two begin to struggle. Later, Alan appears at Jessica's door and assures he that everything will be fine. It's no longer Alan but is now Walter. Alan has been de-activated...

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Episode Notes
George Grizzard previously visited the Twilight Zone in the episode, "The Chaser."

This was the first episode shot in the 1 hour format.

Gail Kobe was also in "A World of Difference" and "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross."

George Petrie is best known as a character actor seen in most episodes of The Honeymooners.

Katherine Squire is also in "One More Pallbearer."

Wallace Rooney was also in "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" and "Young Man's Fancy."

Episode Quotes
New season opening
You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.

Opening Narration
What you have just witnessed could be the end of a particularly terrifying nightmare. It isn't - it's the beginning. Although Alan Talbot doesn't know it, he is about to enter a strange new world, too incredible to be real, too real to be a dream. It's called the Twilight Zone.

Lady: Are you sick, young man?
Alan: No.
Lady: You look sick. My husband looked like that, just before he died. All white and pasty.
Alan: No, I'm alright.
Lady: Just what he said. Just those words. 'I'm alright.' Went to bed. Next morning, I went to wake him up and there he was, sprawled out dead. You don't drink, do ya?
Alan: What?
Lady: That's what killed my Jack. I told him it was The Devil's work, but he wouldn't listen to me. You can see where he is now. Oh, The Devil's all around us, Mister, all around us, everywhere we go. And if we don't fight him, if we don't stand up to him, we'll suffer eternal torment!
Alan: I'm sure you're right, yes.
Lady: I know I'm right. And I'll tell you how I know.... It was on a Sunday. I was ironing if you please. And that's when it came, out of a clear blue sky! Oh, the Good Lord's own sweet breath, and his voice like an electric shock! I was revelated! Oh, praise him, Mister and praise his good works! Do you read the book?
Alan: What book is that?
Lady: Why, the Good Book!
Alan: Oh yes, all the time.
Lady: You sure you're tellin' the truth now? We may be a mile underground, Mister, but he hears every word.
Alan: Yes, it's the truth!
Lady: Alright! Leviticus, chapter five, verse two!
Man's Voice: (o.s.) You're perfect! You're perfect!
Lady: Well?!
Alan: Lady, please!!
Lady: (reciting) If a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcass of an unclean beast, or a carcass of unclean cattle, or the carcass of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him, he shall also be unclean, and guilty!
Alan: Lady, please go away!
Lady: Don't you wanna be saved?!
Alan: No! I just want to be left alone!
Lady: We're never alone! Don't you know that? He's with us all the time and He'll help us if we only let Him. But we've got to be be saved first! (she shoves a pamphlet at him that reads 'The Way to Salvation')
Read this, Mister! Take it! Read it! It will change your life! The Devil means to have you, Mister, but I won't let him! I'll fight with you, and we'll win! Listen to me! It's salvation I'm talkin' about! (she looks at him and suddenly stops preaching; Alan's eyes grow wide and violently wild)
Lady: No! No! (he shoves her into the path of the roaring subway, then makes a run for it, back through the turnstiles and up the stairs)

Closing Narration
In a way, it can be said that Walter Ryder succeeded in his life's ambition, even though the man he created was, after all, himself. There may be easier ways to self-improvement, but sometimes it happens that the shortest distance between two points is a crooked line - through the Twilight Zone.

Episode Goofs
Scene 1 finds Jessica lighting a cigarette and placing it into an ashtray by the sink. When they show it again, the cigarette is missing.

Cultural References
This episode is based on the short story "In His Image" by Charles Beaumont in Imagination February, 1957

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerHerbert Hirschman
Set DesignerHenry Grace
Set DecoratorArthur Jeph Parker
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorWilliam Ferrari  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Film EditorEdward Curtiss
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
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