Black Leather Jackets

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"Black Leather Jackets"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 138
Directed by Joseph M. Newman
Written by Earl Hamner, Jr.
Featured music Nathan Van Cleave
Production code 2628
Original air date January 31, 1964
Guest actors

Lee Kinsolving: Scott
Shelley Fabares: Ellen Tillman
Denver Pyle: Stuart Tillman
Michael Forest: Steve
Tom Gilleran: Fred
Irene Hervey: Martha Tillman
Wayne Heffley: Mover
Michael Conrad: Police Officer/Alien

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"Black Leather Jackets" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.


Three beings, disguised as human males wearing leather jackets, are part of an advance alien invasion force, sent to Earth to infect city water reservoirs with bacteria. Their plan is to thus kill all humans and domestic animals. Their own race needs room to expand, and this is an easy way to take over the Earth for themselves. The excuse given by the alien leadership, for the extermination, is that humans are violent and hateful and therefore deserve to be destroyed. The youngest of the three, called Scott, falls in love with the girl next door, Ellen Tillman. He tries to convince the leader of his world that not all men are evil and that love exists among people of the Earth, but to no avail.

Scott tries to convince Ellen to run away with him so that she will escape death, but Ellen is so terrified of his claims, she believes him to be mentally disturbed, so her father calls the local sheriff, whose deputy answers the phone, to take Scott away. The deputy turns out to be part of the invasion force, intending to punish Scott for his defection, and the Tillmans comfort their daughter, not realizing they are doomed.


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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