Twilight Zone – Little Girl Lost

★★★★★  March 16, 1962 Season 3 Episode 26

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This episode had to inspire the 1982 movie  Poltergiest. Out of all the episodes I’ve posted…I have had more people ask about this one. It is a scary episode and the special effects were great. I can see how this would freak kids out when it was shown. Fall off of your bed and you might end up in another dimension.

This was a good story and a very good script. Charles Aidman as the physicist Bill turned in a believable performance.

I like how they portrayed the other dimension. They were very clever the way they shot it. They didn’t give much away but show you enough to know this place is not your normal place.

Richard Matheson based this story on a real-life occurrence involving his own daughter. Matheson: “she cried out one night and I went to where she was and couldn’t find her anywhere. I couldn’t find her on the bed, I couldn’t find her on the ground. She had fallen off and rolled all the way under the bed against the wall. At first, even when I felt under the bed, I couldn’t reach her. It was bizarre, and that’s where I got the idea.”

This show was written by Richard Matheson and Rod Serling

Rod Serling’s Opening Narration: 

Missing: one frightened little girl. Name: Bettina Miller. Description: six years of age, average height and build, light brown hair, quite pretty. Last seen being tucked in bed by her mother a few hours ago. Last heard: ‘ay, there’s the rub,’ as Hamlet put it. For Bettina Miller can be heard quite clearly, despite the rather curious fact that she can’t be seen at all. Present location? Let’s say for the moment… in the Twilight Zone.


When he hears his young daughter Tina calling out in the night, Chris Miller go to her room but finds she isn’t there. At first he thinks she fallen off the bed or slid herself under it but despite hearing her call out she’s nowhere to be seen. He gets help from a friend, Bill, who concludes that Tina has slid through a portal into another dimension. They find the portal opening but Tina is lost inside and Chris goes in after her.

Rod Serling’s Closing Narration:

The other half where? The fourth dimension? The fifth? Perhaps. They never found the answer. Despite a battery of research physicists equipped with every device known to man, electronic and otherwise, no result was ever achieved, except perhaps a little more respect for and uncertainty about the mechanisms of the Twilight Zone.


Rod Serling … Narrator / Self – Host (uncredited)
Sarah Marshall … Ruth Miller
Robert Sampson … Chris Miller
Charles Aidman … Bill
Rod Serling … Narrator / Self – Host (uncredited)
Tracy Stratfor … Tina Miller (uncredited)
Rhoda Williams … Tina Miller (voice) (uncredited)


Author: Badfinger (Max)

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15 thoughts on “Twilight Zone – Little Girl Lost”

  1. I was just thinking to myself…where was I when I saw this. It hit me. I was about nine or ten and I was watching TV at my paternal grandparents house…old console TV. I spent a lot of time in that house and always slept in the front bedroom. That episode was really unnerving.

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    1. They did it so well….to send little Vic off scared lol…Bailey cried when he was 8 when he saw the one with Donna Douglas and the pig looking people.

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      1. No….it’s the one where she thinks she is ugly and her mask bandages come off and she is awesome but everyone else looks like a human-pig


  2. A classic episode – weird in the best TZ sense. I could see this freaking out both little kids and new parents – imagine going into your kids room a d not being able to find them. The only minor thing that marred this one for me was the wife – didn’t think the actress’ performance was that good

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