Finally finishing up the last of The Twilight Zone discs. Season 5 Disc 5 has 7 episodes from the last season which aired back in 1964.
Stopover In A Quiet Town April 24 1964
Written by Earl Hamner Jr and directed by Ron Winston. A couple, Barry Nelson and Nancy Malone, wake up in a strange bed in a town with no inhabitants. They do hear someone giggling. Giant Aliens sure can suck. I remember this one from the first time I saw it. There's a nice video interview with Earl Hamner Jr and Nancy Malone.
The Encounter May 1 1964
Written by Martin M. Goldsmith and directed by Robert Butler. George Takei is a gardener who comes to Neville Brand's house to get a job mowing lawns. Things get ugly and everyone dies. This episode was taken out of syndication in the US. I don't remember ever seeing it before. It's pretty intense and sad. Can't we all get along? I doubt it. No extras on this episode.
Mr Garrity And The Graves May 8 1964
Written by Rod, from a story by Mike Korologos, and directed by Ted Post. John Dehner is a travelling conman reviver of the dead. He comes to Happiness Arizona to offer his services. He shows them he's not lying by resurrecting a dog that got hit by a wagon. He's also going to raise the dead of the townsfolk. They have mixed feelings about that and offer him cash to leave without doing his job. They all seem to have a really good pile of cash on them. The cost per body is about a 500 bucks each. As John drives out of town with the "dead" dog and his conman partner the dead do rise. Looks like there's going to be less happy in the tow tonight. I didn't remember this one but I liked it more than a lot of the episodes so far. It had a nice sense of humor. There's a copy of the radio drama of the episode as an extra.
The Brain Center At Whipple's May 15 1964
Written by Rod and directed by Richard Donner. Richard Deacon is computerizing his factories so he can get rid of a lot of workers. It works too well and Robby The Robot takes over his job. Ha ha. Not so funny now, huh, Richard. I didn't remember this one. It's not much of a fun story, industry rarely is. There are no extras on this episode.
Come Wander With Me May 22 1964
Written by Anthony Wilson and directed by Richard Donner. Gary Crosby is a folk singer looking for new songs. He stops in a small town and get involved with Bonnie Beecher. She sings a song with his death in it and the story comes true. I don't remember this one. I liked it more than some of the others. The only extra is an isolated score.
Here's a bit on Bonnie from the Wikipedia: Bonnie Beecher (born Bonnie Jean Boettcher, 1941 in Minneapolis) is an American actress. She made her TV debut in an episode of The Twilight Zone, "Come Wander with Me". She played Sylvia, Chekhov's love interest, in "Spectre of the Gun", an episode of Star Trek where they re-enact the gunfight at the OK Corral. She knew Bob Dylan during his early career, and may have been the inspiration for his song "Girl from the North Country." She is married to Wavy Gravy.
The Fear May 29 1964
Written by Rod and directed by Ted Post. Hazel Court is a wealthy fashion editor who had a nervous breakdown. She's taking a break in her mountain cabin when she gets a visit from State Trooper Mark Richman. He's just checking on her but she's a bit of a bitch. He's a nice guy and sadly they are now they're trapped in her cabin by some aliens. Oh, oh, huh. It ends with some silliness. I liked it. I didn't remember seeing it before. There are no extras for this show.
The Bewitchin' Pool June 19 1964
Written by Earl Hamner Jr and directed by Joseph M. Newman. A couple of children disappear into the swimming pool after their parent tell them they are divorcing. The kids come out of the pool in a creek near a hillbilly shack which is home to a bunch of kids who've run away and an older lady, Aunt T. who takes care of the kids. It looks like a nice place to go. There's a nice interview with Earl Hamner Jr and an isolated score.
The girl's voice sounded weird to me and the Wikipedia says that the audio was no good on the outdoor scenes. June Foray dubbed the little girl's lines because the actress had left town.
The 5th disc has a nice bunch of little short interviews and clips. The first thing up is a bit of footage from The Museum Of Television and Radio. It's a group of people who worked on the show and one of the participants was George Clayton Johnson. Sadly he passed away just a few days ago. I've enjoyed bits of his TV and film work and he's one of the more interesting writers to comment on the extras for this show. The rest of the panel are no slouches either: Billy Mumy, Earl Hamner Jr, Earl Holliman, Cliff Robertson, Marc Scott Zicree, Del Reisman, Richard Matheson, Martin Landau, William Self, Lamont Johnson, Bert Granet, Buck Houghton and Carol Serling. I would have watched the whole thing.
There's more conversations with Rod, an Alfred Hitchcock Promo, some of George Clayton Johnson's Home Movies, an Excerpt from Rod's Sherwood Oak's Experimental College Lecture, season 5 Billboards and photo gallery.
Disc 6 has a copy of the American Masters called Submitted For Your Approval. There were lots of people commenting on Rod and his career. It was fairly interesting and informative.
Well, it's nice to get done with the series and finally store the set away. It took me 2 years and 13 days to get to the end of the 5 year series. Probably be a while before I get to them again.