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The Twilight Zone: Vol. 23 (1959)

Rod Serling , Robert McCord  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor, James Turley
  • Writers: Rod Serling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004S89H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone: Vol. 23" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Episodes: "Long Live Walter Jameson" (March 18, 1960, Episode 24), "Dead Man's Shoes" (January 19, 1962, Episode 83), "You Drive" (January 3, 1964, Episode 134), "The Long Morrow" (January 10, 1964, Episode 135)
  • Special Inside the Twilight Zone Section: Includes bio material on Rod Serling, history of The Twilight Zone, reviews of each episode, cast info & a season-by-season commentary!

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This volume includes:
"Long Live Walter Jameson" (Episode 24, March 18, 1960)--Kevin McCarthy is Professor Walter Jameson, an excellent history teacher who talks about the past as if he had lived it. Little can his students imagine...

"Dead Man's Shoes" (Episode 83, January 19, 1962)--A vagrant steps into a murdered gangster's expensive shoes and is taken over by the dead man's ghost, who vows to remain on earth to seek revenge against his killer.

"You Drive" (Episode 134, January 3, 1964)--Driving home one rainy evening, Oliver Pope (Edward Andrews) accidentally hits a boy on a bike, killing him. Pope flees the scene, determined to hide his guilt, but his car has other ideas.

"The Long Morrow" (Episode 135, January 10, 1964)--Commander Douglas Stansfield (Robert Lansing) and Sandra Horn (Mariette Hartley) fall in love shortly before Stansfield launches into space to begin 40 years in suspended animation. As they dream of being together, their fates take an ironic turn...

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An above-average edition in the Twilight Zone DVD collection, Volume 23 begins with "Long Live Walter Jameson," starring Kevin McCarthy as a Methuselah-like history teacher whose lessons are based on personal experience--but his secret of longevity is discovered with fateful results. McCarthy's climactic aging scene marked a milestone in TV makeup effects, and it's still dramatically effective. The same can't be said for "Dead Man's Shoes," a typical episode in which a Bowery bum (Warren Stevens) steals the shoes off the body of a murdered gangster, and instantly assumes the dead man's identity, thus assuming his role in a deadly cycle of fate. It was a good idea in 1962, but the pulpy plot and characters were hokey even then.

"You Drive" is an enjoyable fifth-season episode starring stalwart character actor Edward Andrews as a hit-and-run driver who is relentlessly badgered by his driverless car, which honks its horn, chases him, and wreaks havoc with the man's guilty conscience. A precursor to Stephen King's Christine, this offbeat episode offered ample proof that the latter-day Twilight Zone still had a knack for capitalizing on simple ideas. Likewise "The Long Morrow" offers a tragic twist on the effects of long-term space travel. Removing himself from deep freeze, spacefaring astronaut Robert Lansing ages normally while his Earthbound lover (Mariette Hartley) awaits his return in suspended animation. Thanks to some subtle acting by '60s TV veterans Lansing and Hartley, the episode's payoff is still poignantly effective; ironically, CBS announced The Twilight Zone's cancellation shortly after this episode aired. --Jeff Shannon


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4.0 out of 5 stars Love and Justice in "The Twilight Zone" June 11, 2001
The four episodes collected on Volume 23 of "The Twilight Zone" DVD series do not share a similar theme, although two deal with the supernatural search for justice while the other pair feature the problem having too much time can cause love. So you can see two pairs of episodes from the celebrated television anthology series created by Rod Serling without stretching too far.

Episode 24, "Long Live Walter Jameson" (Written by Charles Beaumont, First aired March 18, 1960) features the familiar face of Kevin McCarthy ("Invasion of the Body Snatchers") in the title role. Jameson bought the gift of immortality two thousand years ago from an alchemist and has seen all of his wives, children and friends grow old and die over and over again. Now he wants it all to be over. This first season episode features some nice special effects work with makeup as Jameson ages rapidly at the end.

Episode 83, "Dead Man's Shoes (Written by Beaumont and OCee Ritch, First aired January 19, 1962), begins with Nate Bledsoe (Warren Stevens) putting on a pair of expensive shoes taken from a murdered gangsters. The dead man's spirit takes over Bledsoe's body and tracks down his killer, refusing to be denied vengeance. Rather straight forward this is an average "Zone" at best. However, if you were watching the second version of "The Twilight Zone" in 1985, you might have caught the remake of this episode as "Dead Woman's Shoes."

Episode 134, "You Drive" (Written by Earl C. Hamner, Jr., First aired January 3, 1964) tells of Oliver Pope (Edward Andrews), who kills someone in a hit-and-run accident and then discovers that his car will not let him forget what he has done. A nice little chiller from the man who created "The Waltons," who usually wrote the kindler, gentler episodes of the "Zone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ageless Television May 20, 2014
While it has been 50 years since Twilight Zone went off the air the series I feel there has never been a television show since then that matches TZ for originality and creativeness. Volume 23 in the series of DVDs of Twilight Zone episodes demonstrate how good the show could get. Just about all of the four episodes on this disc could be labeled as classics from the show.

Certainly one of the most memorable episodes is the first one on the DVD "Long Live Walter Jameson". Starring Kevin McCarthy in the titled role he is a history teacher who really knows his stuff and makes history come alive to his students. That is because unknown to everyone he is ageless and has lived through much of the history he teaches. Unable to die Jameson has lived for centuries and lived through all the major historical events occurring during mans time. He has outlived every wife he has had and all his children and he is about to be married again. But the truth involving Jameson is revealed and he ends up paying the price. A great episode with great special effects.

"Dead Man's Shoes" is the next episode and probably the weakest among the stories here. A gangster is killed on the street. A man witnesses the murder who is in need of some new shoes. He takes the shoes of the dead gangster and before he knows it the spirit of the dead man takes over control of him looking for revenge of his murder. It's an OK episode but kind of predictable.

"You Drive" has always been one of my favorite stories from the Zone. Starring Edward Andrews as Oliver Pope he plays a man who one day while driving runs over a boy riding his bicycle and kills him. In a panic Pope drives off leaving the boy behind and hoping nobody saw what he did. But something did see what he did. His own automobile!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Great After 3+ Decades July 3, 2007
I bought this for "Long Live Walter Jameson" and "The Long Morrow." They're still great after 30+ years. These DVD's are a great bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Long Morrow' is epic television July 13, 2014
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Purchased especially to have the dvd version of the episode 'The Long Morrow'. (Obtained the VHS tape from Amazon previously.)
Mariette Hartley in one of the best stories of original 'The Twilight Zone' series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Have Just Entered...The Twilight Zone! February 24, 2014
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These are the episodes in this collection...

Long Live Walter Jameson (Episode 24, March 18, 1960): Kevin McCarthy is Professor Walter Jameson, an excellent history teacher who talks about the past as if he had lived it. Little can his students imagine...

Dead Man's Shoes (Episode 83 - March 19, 1962): A vagrant steps into a murdered gangsters's expensive shoes and is taken over by the dead man's ghost, who vows to remain on earth to seek revenge against his killer.

You Drive (Episode 134 - January 3, 1964): Driving home one rainy evening, Oliver Pope (Edward Andrews) accidentally hits a boy on a bike, killing him. Pope flees the scene, determined to hide his guilt, but his car has other ideas.

The Long Morrow (Episode 135 - January 10, 1964): Commander Douglas Stansfield (Robert Lansing) and Sandra Horn (Mariette Hartley) fall in love shortly before Stansfield launches into space to begin 40 years in suspended animation. As they dream of being together, their fates take an ironic turn...
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