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The Twilight Zone: The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms

A modern day National Guard unit find themselves in the middle of Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x10
Production Number: 2606
Airdate: Friday December 06th, 1963

Co-Guest Stars
Warren OatesWarren Oates
As Cpl. Richard Langsford
Ron FosterRon Foster
As Sgt. William Connors
Randy BooneRandy Boone
As Pfc. Michael McCluskey
Greg MorrisGreg Morris
As Lieutenant Woodard
Jeff MorrisJeff Morris
As Finnigan (as Jeffrey Morris)
Robert BrayRobert Bray
As Captain Dennet

Lew BrownLew Brown
As Sergeant
Jacques SheltonJacques Shelton
As Corporal
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


June 25, 1876. A scout and two cavalrymen find an abandoned teepee. The scout determines that the camp was recently occupied and that the tracks indicate there are plenty of Indians in the area. He notes that General Custer will find them when he rides his men through the juncture o the Bighorn and Little Bighorn Rivers. An arrow hits the scout in the back, and the cavalrymen return fireā€¦..

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Episode Notes
Greg Morris is best known for his role in Mission Impossible.

Lew Brown was also in "A Thing About Machines," "Back There" and " Long Distance Call."

Warren Oates was also in "The Purple Testament."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: June 25th, 1964 - or, if you prefer, June 25th, 1876. The cast of characters in order of their appearance: a patrol of General Custer's cavalry and a patrol of National Guardsmen on a maneuver. Past and present are about to collide head-on, as they are wont to do in a very special bivouac area known as the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator: Sergeant William Connors, Trooper Michael McCluskey, and Trooper Richard Langsford, who on a hot afternoon in June made a charge over a hill - and never returned. Look for this one under 'P' for phantom, in a historical ledger located in a reading room known as the Twilight Zone.

Episode Goofs
The men constantly say that the Battle of Little Big Horn was 80 years ago. Based on the dates given, it was in fact 88 years ago. While very few people would keep saying "88 years," it doesn't make sense that they round down 8 years, rather than round up 2 and say it was 90 years ago.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
EditorRichard V. Heermance
CastingPatricia Rose
Set DesignerHenry Grace
Set DecoratorRobert R. Benton
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Walter Holscher
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
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