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The Twilight Zone: The Incredible World of Horace Ford

A toy manufacturer returns to his old neighborhood where he sees visions of his childhood and those he slighted as kid.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x15
Production Number: 4854
Airdate: Thursday April 18th, 1963

Director: Abner Biberman
Writer: Reginald Rose

Guest Stars
Phillip PinePhillip Pine
As Leonard O'Brien
Vaughn TaylorVaughn Taylor
As Mr. Judson
Jerry Davis (2)Jerry Davis (2)
As Hermy Brandt
Jim E. TitusJim E. Titus
As Horace (child)
Mary CarverMary Carver
As Betty O'Brien
Nan MartinNan Martin
As Laura Ford
Pat HinglePat Hingle
As Horace Ford
Ruth White (1)Ruth White (1)
As Mrs. Ford
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Horace Ford revisits his old neighborhood and recognizes children from his past. He overhears them talking about a kid who didn't invite them to a birthday party. After returning the next night, he learns it was Horace who was the kid they were talking about all those years ago. Suddenly, he is a child again and is beaten up by the other children. Having his memories of a perfect childhood destroyed, he returns back to the present day. ..

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Episode Notes
This story was first produced in 1955 as an episode on Studio One starring Art Carney.

Pat Hingle and Nan Martin also appeared together in an episode of The Fugitive entitled "Search in a Windy City."

Nan Martin also appeared in an episode from the 1985 version of the Twilight Zone.

Phillip Pine was also in "The Four of Us are Dying."

Vaughn Taylor is also in "Time Enough at Last," "Still Valley," "I Sing the Body Electric" and "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Mr. Horace Ford, who has a preoccupation with another time, a time of childhood, a time of growing up, a time of street games, stick ball and hide-'n-go-seek. He has a reluctance to go check out a mirror and see the nature of his image: proof positive that the time he dwells in has already passed him by. But in a moment or two he'll discover that mechanical toys and memories and daydreaming and wishful thinking and all manner of odd and special events can lead into a special province, uncharted and unmapped, a country of both shadow and substance known as... the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Exit Mr. and Mrs. Horace Ford, who have lived through a bizarre moment not to be calibrated on normal clocks or watches. Time has passed, to be sure, but it's the special time in the special place known as--the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerHerbert Hirschman
Associate ProducerMurray Golden
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Edward M. Parker
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorEdward C. Carfagno  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Film EditorEda Warren
Assistant DirectorJohn D. Bloss
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
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