Friday, September 25, 2009

Actor Roddy McDowall travels to Mars in this 1960 episode of The Twilight Zone

I just finished watching an awesome episode of The Twilight Zone from March 1960 on YouTube. It’s titled “People Are Alike All Over,” starring actor Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes) as astronaut Samuel Conrad and actress Susan Oliver (Star Trek) as a beautiful Martian named Teenya. Long story short, McDowall’s character ventures to the Red Planet and ends up as a caged exhibit in a Martian zoo. Rod Serling’s opening and closing narrations bracket the three stages of the story:

You're looking at a species of flimsy little two-legged animals with extremely small heads, whose name is Man. Warren Marcusson, age thirty-five. Samuel A. Conrad, age thirty-one.

They're taking a highway into space. Man unshackling himself and sending his tiny, groping fingers up into the unknown. Their destination is Mars, and in just a moment we'll land there with them.

Watch Part 2 (YouTube, 8:31)

Watch Part 3 (YouTube, 7:50)

Species of animal brought back alive. Interesting similarity in physical characteristics to human beings in head, trunk, arms, legs, hands, feet. Very tiny undeveloped brain; comes from primitive planet named Earth. Calls himself 'Samuel Conrad'. And he will remain here in his cage with the running water and the electricity and the central heat -- as long as he lives. Samuel Conrad has found ... The Twilight Zone.

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