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The Twilight Zone: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

The hanging of a Confederate spy during the Civil War seems to have gone wrong as the rope snaps, plunging him to freedom.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x22
Production Number: n/a
Airdate: Friday February 28th, 1964



  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Anker LarsenAnker Larsen
As Unknown
Anne CornalyAnne Cornaly
As Mrs. Farquhar
Louis AdelinLouis Adelin
As Unknown
Pierre DannyPierre Danny
As Unknown
Roger JacquetRoger Jacquet
As Confederate Spy
Stéphane FeyStéphane Fey
As Union Soldier
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

A Confederate spy is to be hanged, but as the hatch door opens the rope breaks and drops him in a creek. He looks around confused and then begins his escape. Bullets whiz by him as he continues to run from the soldiers. He comes upon a plantation, complete with his home and wife. He walks up to his wife and pushes her on a swing. They embrace,but then he stiffens up and suddenly finds himself back at the bridge, hanging...

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Episode Notes
This virtually silent episode was a French film that had won first prize for short subjects at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival, and which was trimmed by several minutes for The Twilight Zone. It went on to win an Academy Award.

This classic short film was the only episode not produced by Cayuga Productions.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Tonight a presentation so special and unique that, for the first time in the five years we've been presenting The Twilight Zone, we're offering a film shot in France by others. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival of 1962, as well as other international awards, here is a haunting study of the incredible, from the past master of the incredible, Ambrose Bierce. Here is the French production of 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

Closing Narration
Narrator: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge--in two forms, as it was dreamed, and as it was lived and died. This is the stuff of fantasy, the thread of imagination...the ingredients of the Twilight Zone.



Cultural References
Title: The title and plot is based on a short story An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerPaul De Roubaix  |  Marcel Ichac
Camera OperatorChristian Guillouet
Director of PhotographyJean Boffety
Production ManagerGerard Berger  |  Pierre Lobreau
Sound EditorJean Nény
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Film EditorDenise De Casabianca  |  Robert Enrico
Assistant DirectorNat Lilienstein
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 5 episode 22 guide may contain spoilers
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