One More Pallbearer

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"One More Pallbearer"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 17
Directed by Lamont Johnson
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music Stock from "The Invaders" by Jerry Goldsmith
Production code 4823
Original air date January 12, 1962
Guest appearance(s)
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"One More Pallbearer" is episode 82 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on January 12, 1962.

Opening narration[edit]

Plot[edit]

Millionaire Paul Radin invites three people to the bomb shelter that he has built. He greets them politely but without genuine warmth as he holds a personal grudge against them all. One is a high school teacher (Mrs. Langsford) who failed him when he was caught cheating on a test and attempting to frame another student to avoid the consequences; the second is Colonel Hawthorne, who had him court-martialed when Radin endangered lives by disobeying orders; and the third is Rev. Hughes, who made a public scandal out of a woman who committed suicide over him.

Radin, with the aid of sound effects and fake radio messages, convinces the trio that an apocalyptic nuclear war will occur in just moments. He offers them refuge in the shelter if they do one thing: apologize for their actions. All three refuse his offer and leave the shelter, valuing their honor over their lives and preferring to spend a last few moments with their loved ones than to live with Radin.

Mrs. Langsford, still believing Radin will survive but be left alone, tells him to try to cope. She tells him that he has spent his life deluding himself about his own character and what is right and wrong. Radin screams hysterically that this is not true.

Suddenly, the sound of a bomb detonation shakes Radin's shelter. He takes the elevator to the surface and emerges to see the world devastated and in ruin. This twist ending is given another twist, however, when we learn that Radin, devastated by his hoax's failure, has lost his mind and is only imagining the total destruction. Radin sobs helplessly at the foot of a fountain outside his intact building while a police officer tries to aid him.

Closing narration[edit]

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  • Zicree, Marc Scott. The Twilight Zone Companion, Bantam Books, 1982. ISBN 0-553-01416-1
  • 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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