Kick the Can
|"Kick the Can"|
|The Twilight Zone episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Lamont Johnson|
|Written by||George Clayton Johnson|
|Featured music||Stock (many cues taken from Bernard Herrmann's score to Walking Distance)|
|Original air date||February 9, 1962|
|List of Twilight Zone episodes|
"Sunnyvale Rest, a Home for the Aged - a Dying Place - and a common children's game called Kick the Can. It will shortly become a refuge for a man who knows he will die in this world if he doesn't escape...into the Twilight Zone."
Charles Whitley, a retiree at Sunnyvale Rest Home, thinks he has discovered the secret of youth. He is convinced that if he acts young, he will become young. His oldest and best friend, Ben Conroy, thinks he is going crazy. One night, Charles convinces a number of residents to play a game of kick the can with him. He tries to talk Ben into playing, but Ben refuses.
The game of kick the can transforms Whitley and his other friends back into children. Conroy and the home's superintendent, Mr. Cox, go out to the street where they find the group of children playing kick the can in the night. Mr. Cox chases them away except for one, who stops to look at Conroy. Ben, now seeing the miracle, begs for a second chance to go with his friend. But it is too late: he is left behind. Mr. Cox expects Ben to help him search for the elderly people, but Ben knows they won't be found. Ben walks slowly to the front steps of Sunnyvale and sits there with the can...alone.
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- 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
- "Kick the Can" at the Internet Movie Database
- TV.com episode page
- Kick the Can review at The Twilight Zone Project