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A group of people have developed a way of communicating by the power of telepathy, including a couple raising their daughter in a world void of speech.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x5
Production Number: 4858
Airdate: Thursday January 31st, 1963

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Guest Stars
Frank Overton
As Harry Wheeler
Oscar Beregi
As Prof. Karl Werner
Percy Helton
As Tom Poulter
Robert Boon
As Holger Nielsen
Ann Jillian
As Ilse Nielson
Barbara Baxley
As Cora Wheeler
Claudia Bryar
As Frau Nielsen
Eva Soreny
As Frau Maria Werner
Irene Dailey
As Miss Frank
Main Cast
Rod Serling
As Narrator/Host


After her parents are killed in a fire, Isle is taken in by the town Sheriff and his wife. She was an experiment along with her parents, and can only communicate by telepathy. With no one knowing this, she is believed to be a mute. A teacher discovers that she is telepathic and experiments by having the whole class think her name. She finally yells out "My name is Ilse." Her telepathic powers now destroyed, she stays with the only family who has ever truly loved her...

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Episode Notes
This episode is based on the short story "Mute" by Richard Matheson.

Frank Overton is also in "Walking Distance."

Oscar Beregi is also in "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" and "Deaths-Head Revisited."

Percy Helton was also in "Mr. Garrity and the Graves."

Robert Boon is also in "Deaths-Head Revisited."

Ann Jillian is best known for her role in It's A Living.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
What you're witnessing is the curtain-raiser to a most extraordinary play; to wit, the signing of a pact, the commencement of a project. The play itself will be performed almost entirely offstage. The final scenes are to be enacted a decade hence with a different cast. The main character of these final scenes is Ilse, the daughter of Professor and Mrs. Nielsen, age two. At the moment she lies sleeping in her crib, unaware of the singular drama in which she is to be involved. Ten years from this moment, Ilse Nielsen is to know the desolating terror of living simultaneously in the world--and in the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
It has been noted in a book of proven wisdom that perfect love casteth out fear. While it's unlikely that this observation was meant to include that specific fear which follows the loss of extrasensory perception, the principle remains, as always, beautifully intact. Case in point, that of Ilse Nielsen, former resident of the Twilight Zone.

Cultural References
The story was first published in the Charles Beaumont edited anthology The Fiend in You 1962.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerHerbert Hirschman
Associate ProducerMurray Golden
MusicFred Steiner
Set DesignerHenry Grace
Set DecoratorDon Greenwood, Jr.
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Edward C. Carfagno
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorJoe Edmondson  |  Franklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorRay DeCamp
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
ConductorFred Steiner
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 4 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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