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The Twilight Zone: I Am the Night - Color Me Black

A community of bigots want answers when the sun fails to rise over their town on the morning an execution is to take place.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x26
Production Number: 2630
Airdate: Friday March 27th, 1964

Director: Abner Biberman
Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Michael ConstantineMichael Constantine
As Sheriff Charlie Koch
Paul FixPaul Fix
As Colbey

Co-Guest Stars
Ivan DixonIvan Dixon
As Rev. Anderson
Eve McVeaghEve McVeagh
As Ella Koch
George LindseyGeorge Lindsey
As Deputy Pierce
Terry BeckerTerry Becker
As Jagger

Douglas BankDouglas Bank
As Man #1
Ward WoodWard Wood
As Man #2
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


On the morning of an execution in a small town, Sheriff Charlie Koch prepares to go to the station to prepare for the killing. His wife Ella wakes up and wonders what time it is and why it’s so dark out. Sheriff Koch tells her its early morning but his watch stopped and he isn’t sure exactly what time it is. Complaining that he hopes no one shows up, he tells Ella to bring the condemned man his last breakfast...

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Episode Notes
Douglas Bank is also in "What's in the Box."

Eve McVeagh was also in "Kick the Can."

George Lindsey may be best known for his role as Goober in The Andy Griffith Show.

Ivan Dixon was also in "The Big Tall Wish." He may be best known for his role as Sgt. James 'Kinch' Kinchloe in Hogans Heroes.

Michael Constantine may be best known for his role as the Principal on Room 222.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Sheriff Charlie Koch on the morning of an execution. As a matter of fact, it's seven-thirty in the morning. Logic and natural laws dictate that at this hour there should be daylight. It is a simple rule of physical science that the sun should rise at a certain moment and superseded the darkness. But at this given moment, Sheriff Charlie Koch, a deputy named Pierce, a condemned man named Jagger and a small, inconsequential village will shortly find out that there are causes and effects that have no precedent. Such is usually the case--in the Twilight Zone.

Jagger: It's important to get with the majority, isn't it? That's... oh, that's a big thing nowadays, isn't it, Reverend?
Reverend Anderson: That's all there is, is the majority. The minority must have died on the cross two thousand years ago.

Reverend Anderson: In all this darkness, is there anybody who can make out the truth? He hated, and he killed, and now he died. And you hate, and you kill. And now there's not one of you, not one of you, who isn't doomed. Do you know why it's dark? Do you know why it's night all around us? Do you know what the blackness is? It's the hate he felt. The hate you felt. The hate all of us feel. And it's too much of it, it's just too much. And so we had to vomit it up, and now it's coming up all around us and choking us. So much hate, so much misery and hate.

Closing Narration
Narrator: A sickness known as hate; not a virus, not a microbe, not a germ--but a sickness nonetheless, highly contagious, deadly in its effects. Don't look for it in the Twilight Zone--look for it in a mirror. Look for it before the light goes out altogether.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerWilliam Froug
EditorRichard V. Heermance
CastingLarry Stewart
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Frank R. McKelvy
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Eddie Imazu
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
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