Twilight Zone – The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms

★★★★ December 6, Season 5 Episode 10

If you want to see where we are…HERE is a list of the episodes.

I like this one a lot. You learn some history and enjoy some Time Travel. Warren Oates, Randy Boone, and Ron Foster play three National Guardsmen on war game maneuvers on June 25th, 1964, near the Little Big Horn battlefield where, in 1876, General Custer held his famous last stand with the 7th cavalry against an army of Sioux, which led to their massacre. They find a canteen that appears brand new…but it was from 100 years ago. 

As for the characters…There’s the true believer, the sergeant, who seems to have an unbelievably detailed knowledge of the historical event and the greenhorn kid. They all play their parts well. You will not see a lot of locations in this episode but you see the characters, even the skeptic, turn true into believers. 

If I would have graded this on a personal scale…it would be a 5. I’m not sure it would be that for everyone. The funny thing is…the 5th season had some known classics and a few not graded so high. Two of those (near the ned) are two of my favorites but I try to grade this more on a masses scale when possible. The 5th season was a roller coaster. 

From IMDB Trivia

The tank used is an M3A3 Stuart light tank.

Captain William Benteen, who is mentioned several times, previously served as the namesake of James Whitmore’s character in The Twilight Zone: On Thursday We Leave for Home (1963).
 
This episode takes place on June 25, 1876 and June 25, 1964.
The Battle of Little Bighorn occurred June 25-26, 1876 near Crow Agency, in Bighorn County, Montana. This is in the south central part of the state of Montana.

This show was written by Rod Serling 

Rod Serling’s Opening Narration: 

June twenty-fifth 1964—or, if you prefer, June twenty-fifth 1876. The cast of characters in order of their appearance: a patrol of General Custer’s cavalry and a patrol of National Guardsmen on a maneuver. Past and present are about to collide head-on, as they are wont to do in a very special bivouac area known as….the Twilight Zone.

Summary

A National Guard tank crew on war games suddenly find themselves back in time to June 25, 1876, the day General Custer fought and lost to the Sioux at the battle of the Little Big Horn. They report what they’ve seen and heard but the officer-in-charge is more than a little dubious about what they claim. They return to the area, and when the attack begins, they join the fight. When the commander goes to locate them, he finds something else entirely.

***Before you watch this…they had a bit of fun beeping words to make it sound bad. It is funny I will admit. This is the only one I could find that is not a drawn out review…like the one you are reading!***

 

Rod Serling’s Closing Narration:

Sergeant William Connors, Trooper Michael McCluskey, and Trooper Richard Langsford, who, on a hot afternoon in June, made a charge over a hill—and never returned. Look for this one under ‘P’ for phantom, in a historical ledger located in a reading room known as the Twilight Zone.

CAST

Rod Serling … Narrator / Self – Host (uncredited)
Ron Foster…Sgt. William Connors
Randy Boone…Pvt. Michael McCluskey
Warren Oates…Cpl. Richard Langsford
Greg Morris…Lieutenant Woodard
Jeffrey Morris…Finnigan
Wayne Mallory…Scout
Robert Bray…Captain Dennet
Lew Brown…Sergeant
Jacques Shelton…Corporal

 

Author: Badfinger (Max)

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14 thoughts on “Twilight Zone – The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms”

  1. That clip is so funny and how they put a different name on the monument. I really liked this episode also. I learned more about Little Big Horn in it than I ever knew before. Warren Oates looks about the same age he was when he was in Two Lane Blacktop.

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      1. I envy you having TLB. I tried to find it to borrow but not possible. Criterion Collection sells it but they want a pretty penny. I have a serious crush going on for Taylor and Wilson both in that movie lol. I think/hope you know how I feel about the masses. That reminds me of the TZ episode I watched this morning about the prisoner facing hanging in a small town and “the dark.”

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      2. I got it from an IT friend that ripped it at one time…that is how I got most of my library.
        Oh yes…I love that episode…yea I do get it.

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  2. doesn’t sound like a total classic to me, but you are usually a good judge of them. I would think that if a 60s military group/squad were to take part in that 19thC battle, they’d turn the battle around entirely and defeat the Indians, wouldn’t they, with the new weaponry they’d have?

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    1. They left the tank because they didn’t know they were about to encounter what they did…plus in the Twilight Zone….rarely do you change history.

      Is it a Nightmare at 20,000 feet? No…but I love Time Travel episodes so yea…I like this one.

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      1. fair enough ! serling seemed to like the idea of time travel (and why not?) but seemed to have the idea that if it were possible, you could only change your own story, and that it wouldn’t alter other events…like history in general was unmovable. It was an interesting idea, and probably would be a great topic for a university philosophy course.

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      2. Doctor Who goes by that theory…you can change small events or small things in big events but never the fixed point.

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