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The Twilight Zone: Valley of the Shadow

A reporter must find a way to escape from what he has learned after he wanders into a peaceful village which holds a mystical secret that can create or destroy matter.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x3
Production Number: 4861
Airdate: Thursday January 17th, 1963

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Guest Stars
Dabbs GreerDabbs Greer
As Evans
Henry BeckmanHenry Beckman
As Man #1
King CalderKing Calder
As Man #3
Morgan BrittanyMorgan Brittany
As Girl
Sandy KenyonSandy Kenyon
As Gas Attendent
Bart BurnsBart Burns
As Man #2
Ed NelsonEd Nelson
As Philip Redfield
Jacques AubuchonJacques Aubuchon
As Connelly
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Father
Natalie TrundyNatalie Trundy
As Ellen Marshall
Pat OPat O'Hara
As Man #4
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Philip Redfield stops for gas in a small town. He learns that the inhabitants are in possession of several "devices" that can move matter and reverse time, among other things. He tries to escape, but runs into a force field protecting the city. Back in town a device is aimed at him, and suddenly he is back inside his car with no memory of the town. ..

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Episode Notes
Dabbs Greer is also in "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby."

Henry Beckman is also in "A Thing About Machines."

King Calder was also in "The Trouble with Templeton."

Morgan Brittany is also in "Nightmare as a Child" and "Caesar and Me."

Sandy Kenyon was also in "The Odyssey of Flight 33" and "The Shelter."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
You've seen them. Little towns, tucked away far from the main roads. You've seen them, but have you thought about them? What do the people in these places do? Why do the stay? Philip Redfield never thought about them. If his dog hadn't gone after that cat, he would have driven through Peaceful Valley and put it out of his mind forever. But he can't do that now, because whether he knows it or not his friend's shortcut has led him right into the capital of the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
You've seen them. Little towns, tucked away far from the main roads. You've seen them, but have you thought about them? Have you wondered what the people do in such places, why they stay? Philip Redfield thinks about them now and he wonders, but only very late at night, when he's between wakefulness and sleep--in the Twilight Zone.

Episode Goofs
Morgan Brittany was credited as Susanne Cupito.

Cultural References
Title: The title is taken from the bible, psalm 23.

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerHerbert Hirschman
Set DesignerHenry Grace
Set DecoratorDon Greenwood, Jr.
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  John J. Thompson
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorJoe Edmondson  |  Franklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Film EditorEverett Dodd
Assistant DirectorRay DeCamp
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 4 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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