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TV: Tonight on “The Twilight Zone”

Feb. 28, 1964 - Tonight on “The Twilight Zone,” a condemned Confederate prisoner, Peyton Farquhar (Roger Jacquet), is set to be hanged by Union troops when the impossible happens. Or does it?

The episode is a replay of a 1961 French short film directed by Robert Enrico. Some scenes were shortened to fit constraints on running time, and the audio track was completely replaced. The transaction cost “The Twilight Zone” $25,000, significantly less than the average of $65,000 the producers expend on producing their own episodes.

Rod Serling’s introduction is as follows: “Tonight, a presentation so special and unique that for the first time in the five years we’ve been presenting ‘The Twilight Zone,’ we’re offering a film shot in France by others. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival of 1962 as well as other international awards, here is a haunting study of the incredible from the past master of the incredible, Ambrose Bierce. Here is the French production of ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.’” 9:30 p.m. on CBS.


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