Twilight Zone – Person Or Persons Unknown

★★★★1/2  March 23, 1962 Season 3 Episode 27

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This is a strong Twilight Zone episode.

David Gurney, played wonderfully by Richard Long, wakes up to find that no one, not his wife Wilma, his fellow workers, his best friend, or even his own mother knows him. The Twilight Zone has touched on this before in “And When the Sky Was Opened”  but not this in depth.

This was a well thought out script. I like that Gurney slowly is trying to tie himself to the world he knows. He goes over every detail of his life that could have been missed by this gag or whatever it is… that someone could have missed. He does think of something that no one knows about but him…will it help or not? When he is losing hope…another twist is thrown at Mr. Gurney.

From IMDB: One of the first instances on television to show a couple sharing a single bed, sleeping next to each other. Around this time, TV shows could only portray couples sleeping in separate beds due to television’s strict standards & practices. In season five’s The Twilight Zone: Stopover in a Quiet Town, a very similar situation occurs. In both cases, the man is sleeping on top of the covers, is still fully dressed (even wearing his shoes), and they are hung over from a bout of heavy drinking.

This show was written by Charles Beaumont and Rod Serling

Rod Serling’s Opening Narration: 

Cameo of a man who has just lost his most valuable possession. He doesn’t know about the loss yet. In fact, he doesn’t even know about the possession. Because, like most people, David Gurney has never really thought about the matter of his identity. But he’s going to be thinking a great deal about it from now on, because that is what he’s lost. And his search for it is going to take him into the darkest corners of the Twilight Zone.

Summary

David Gurney awakens on his bed fully clothed and realizes he’s late for work. He and his wife Wilma had a few drinks the night before and she is sound asleep. When he can’t find his razor he wakes her but she says he doesn’t know who he is and demands he leave her house. His clothes are nowhere to be found and so heads off to work. He knows everyone there but like his wife, none of his co-workers have any idea who he is. He’s desperate to find one piece of his identity to prove who he is. When all finally seems resolved, he faces another shock.

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Rod Serling’s Closing Narration:

A case of mistaken identity or a nightmare turned inside out? A simple loss of memory or the end of the world? David Gurney may never find the answer, but you can be sure he’s looking for it in the Twilight Zone.

CAST

Rod Serling … Narrator / Self – Host (uncredited)
Richard Long … David Andrew Gurney
Frank Silvera … Dr. Koslenko
Shirley Ballard … Wilma #1
Julie Van Zandt … Wilma #2
Betty Harford … Clerk
Edmund Glover … Sam Baker (as Ed Glover)
Michael Keep … Policeman
Joe Higgins … Bank Guard
John Newton … Cooper
John Brahm … Winston Churchill (uncredited)
Robert McCord … Man on Steps Eating Apple (uncredited)

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

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6 thoughts on “Twilight Zone – Person Or Persons Unknown”

  1. Loved this episode – I have actually had a nightmare very similar to this – that everyone doesn’t know who I am a d I’m trying to figure out how “they” did it. I saw the twist coming once he woke up but still thought it was great

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