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The Twilight Zone: Come Wander with Me

A folk singer becomes obsessed with taping a ballad he heard sung by a backwoods girl.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x34
Production Number: 2641
Airdate: Friday May 22nd, 1964

Guest Stars
Hank PattersonHank Patterson
As Old Man
Bonnie BeecherBonnie Beecher
As Mary Rachel
Gary CrosbyGary Crosby
As Floyd Burney
John BoltJohn Bolt
As Billy Rayford
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


While searching for a folk song, Floyd hears a girl humming a tune outside a store. He finds Mary Rachael who's engaged to Billy Rayford. Suddenly, Billy appears and threaten Floyd. Floyd hits him with his guitar and kills him. The tape recording of Mary Rachael starts playing, and now there's a lyric about Floyd killing Billy. Mary Rachael tells him not to run because Billy will catch him again, like he always does. Confused, Floyd goes back to the store , and kills an old man after he refuses to help him. But by then, Billy is back at the store...

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Episode Notes
Gary Crosby was the son of Bing Crosby.

Hank Patterson was also in "Kick the Can" and "Ring-A-Ding Girl."

Song lyrics to Come Wander:
He said come wander with me, Love
Come wander with me
Away from this sad world
Come wander with me
He came from the sunset
He came from the sea
He came from my sorrow
And can love only me

Liza Minelli was rejected for the role of Mary Rachel.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Mr. Floyd Burney, a gentleman songster in search of a song, is about to answer the age-old question of whether a man can be in two places at the same time. As far as his song is concerned, we can assure Mr. Burney he'll find everything he's looking for, although the lyrics may not be all to his liking. But that's sometimes the case - when the words and music are recorded in the Twilight Zone.

Floyd Burney: Honey, anything can be bought. It's a buyer's market with a price tag on everything. All you got to know is just how to find the tag.

Floyd Burney: Aint no way, baby. Forget it. Not for old Floyd Burney, man. I come too far too fast to get buried out here in Sticksville.

Floyd Burney: So you're one of the Rayford brothers, huh?
Billy Rayford: I know you. You're the singing man, ain't ya?
Floyd Burney: Yeah. Yeah, that's me, Floyd Burney. Yeah, I sing a little.
Billy Rayford: Hear you the one that's been taking out after Mary Rachel.
Floyd Burney: Mary Rachel?
(acting confused)
Billy Rayford: Don't lie. I seen you. Folks heard you sugar-talking about taking her to Norfolk.
Floyd Burney: Norfolk? What do I wanna take anybody to Norfolk for?

Closing Narration
In retrospect, it may be said of Mr. Floyd Burney that he achieved that final dream of the performer: eternal top-name billing, not on the fleeting billboards of the entertainment world, but forever recorded among the folk songs of the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerWilliam Froug
EditorRichard W. Farrell
CastingLarry Stewart
MusicJeff Alexander (1)
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Jerry Wunderlich
Director of PhotographyFred Mandl
Art DirectorEddie Imazu  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
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