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The Twilight Zone: Night Call

A phone call awakens a bedridden spinster during a stormy night, which happens to be from her long-dead fiancé.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x19
Production Number: 2610
Airdate: Friday February 07th, 1964

Guest Stars
Gladys CooperGladys Cooper
As Elva Keene
Nora MarloweNora Marlowe
As Margaret Phillips
Martine BartlettMartine Bartlett
As Miss Finch
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Elva Keene is an old, crippled woman who is being cared for by Margaret Phillips. In bed for the night, her attendant leaves for the evening. During the night there is a nasty thunderstorm. Elva is awakened by a ringing telephone. She answers it but only hears static. Again it rings and this time there's a faint voice heard through the static. She keeps saying hello, but no one responds. The next morning, she tells Margarete of her experience during the night. She calls the phone company, but they say there was nothing wrong with the line although there are many lines downed by the storm. That night, she again receives a call. This time she hears a voice, she recognizes that it is the voice of her dead fiance' Brian. She asks Margaret to bring her for a ride, and stop at the cemetery. There she sees a phone line laying across the grave of Brian. She returns home, and the next time the phone rings she starts talking to Brian, telling him to leave her alone. The line goes dead...

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Episode Notes
Gladys Cooper was also in ''Nothing in the Dark'' and ''Passage on the Lady Anne.''

Nora Marlowe is also in "Back There."

Originally, this episode was to have been broadcast on November 22, 1963. However, it was postponed due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on that same day.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Miss Elva Keene lives alone on the outskirts of London Flats, a tiny rural community in Maine. Up until now, the pattern of Miss Keen's existence has been that of lying in her bed or sitting in her wheelchair reading books, listening to a radio, eating, napping, taking medication- and waiting for something different to happen. Miss Keene doesn't know it yet, but her period of waiting has just ended, for something different is about to happen to her, has in fact begun to happen, via two unaccountable telephone calls in the middle of a stormy night, telephone calls directed through--- the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator: According to the Bible, God created the heavens and the Earth. It is man's prerogative - and woman's, to create their own particular and private Hell. Case in point, Miss Elva Keene who in every sense made her own bed and now must lie in it, sadder but wiser, by dint of a rather painful lesson in responsibility, transmitted from the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
EditorRichard V. Heermance
CastingPatricia Rose
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Robert R. Benton
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorWalter Holscher  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorCharles Bonniwell
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