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The Twilight Zone: Ninety Years Without Slumbering

An old man is obsessed with keeping a grandfather's clock wound, fearing he will die if the clock runs down.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x12
Production Number: 2615
Airdate: Friday December 20th, 1963

Guest Stars
Chuck HicksChuck Hicks
As Mover #2
Dick Wilson (2)Dick Wilson (2)
As Mover #1
Ed WynnEd Wynn
As Sam Forstmann
Carol ByronCarol Byron
As Carol Chase
Carolyn KearneyCarolyn Kearney
As Marnie Kirk
James T. CallahanJames T. Callahan
As Doug Kirk
William SargentWilliam Sargent
As Dr. Mel Avery
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Sam Forstmann lives with his granddaughter Margie Kirk. Sam believes with all his heart that is his grandfather clock stops that so will his life. Margie feels his obsession with the clock is unhealthy and sells the clock to her neighbor. Sam is distraught over the loss of his precious clock and while the neighbors are away on vacation, he breaks into their home to wind the clock himself. The police catch him inside the neighbors home and try to escort him out just as the clock stops ticking. Sam grabs at his chest and falls upon the stairs. He sees his spirit leaving his body, but then realizes that it is all in his imagination, and the spirit disappears...

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Episode Notes
Chuck Hicks was also in "Steel."

Dick Wilson was also in "Escape Clause," but may be best known for his role in the Charmin commercials as Mr. Whipple, the guy who just couldn't resist 'squeezing the Charmin.'

Ed Wynn was also in "One for the Angels." He is also the father of Keenan Wynn, who was in the episode "A World Of His Own."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Each man measures his time; some with joy, some with fear. But Sam Forstmann measures his alloted time by a grandfather's clock, a unique mechanism whose pendulum swings between life and death, a very special clock that keeps a special kind of time--in the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator: Clocks are made by men, God creates time. No man can prolong his alloted hours, he can only live them to the fullest--in this world or in the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerWilliam Froug
EditorRichard V. Heermance
CastingPatricia Rose
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Robert R. Benton
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorMalcolm Brown  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorCharles Bonniwell
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