Night Call

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"Night Call"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 139
Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Written by Richard Matheson
(From his story "Long Distance Call" originally published in Alone by Night 1961.)
Featured music Stock
Production code 2610
Original air date February 7, 1964
Guest actors

Gladys Cooper: Elva Keene
Nora Marlowe: Margaret Phillips

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"Night Call" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Night Call is based on Richard Matheson's short story, although his ends much differently.

Opening narration[edit]

Plot[edit]

An elderly woman, Elva Keene (Gladys Cooper), receives strange anonymous phone calls in the middle of a stormy night. During the first calls she hears only static. Later she hears a man moaning and she repeatedly demands to know who is calling. Finally he says "Hello? Where are you? I want to talk to you." Elva, terrified, screams at the man to leave her alone.

The phone company traces the cause to a telephone line that has fallen in a cemetery.

Elva and her housekeeper visit the cemetery where she finds that the line is resting on the grave of her long-deceased fiancé, Brian Douglas. Elva says that she always insisted on having her own way, and Brian always did what she said. A week before they were to be married, she insisted on driving and lost control of the car. The accident killed Brian and crippled her.

Now that she can talk to him again she won't have to be alone. At home she picks up the phone and calls out to Brian, pleading with him to answer. He replies that she told him to leave her alone and that he always does what she says. Then the line goes dead, leaving Elva alone and crying in her bed.

Closing narration[edit]

Notes[edit]

The original story ends when Elva Keene finds out the call is coming from the Cemetery. Who the person is never identified; instead, the story ends the following night, when the phone rings and she answers. The voice says: "Hello, Mrs. Keene. I'll be right over."

The premiere of "Night Call" was scheduled for Friday, November 22, 1963.[1] Hours before it was to air though, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Thus it was rescheduled, as were all of the other network shows. "Night Call" finally premiered on February 7, 1964.

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times television listings 11/22/63
  • 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
  • Zicree, Marc Scott: The Twilight Zone Companion. Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition)

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