The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank 

A young man wakes up at his own funeral and wants to know what the heck is going on. The townfolk are glad to see him back, but they begin to wonder if he's a man.. or something else?

Director:

Montgomery Pittman

Writers:

Montgomery Pittman, Rod Serling (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
James Best ... Jeff Myrtlebank
Sherry Jackson ... Comfort Gatewood
Edgar Buchanan ... Doc Bolton
Lance Fuller ... Orgram Gatewood
Dub Taylor ... Peters
Ralph Moody ... Pa Myrtlebank
Jon Lormer ... Strauss
Ezelle Poule Ezelle Poule ... Ma Myrtlebank
James Houghton ... Jerry (as Jim Houghton)
Helen Wallace ... Ma Gatewood
William Fawcett ... Reverend Siddons
Mabel Forrest ... Mrs. Ferguson
Vickie Barnes Vickie Barnes ... Liz Myrtlebank
Patrick Hector Patrick Hector ... Tom (as Pat Hector)
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Storyline

Everyone at Jeff Myrtlebank's funeral service is shocked when he pushes the coffin lid open and steps out, seemingly in perfect health. Old Doc Bolton mumbles some ridiculous explanation and the people there settle down a bit. Obviously his family is happy that he's back with them and his fiancée welcomes him as he is, with no questions asked. They do notice that he's a bit different. As time goes on however, rumors begin spread and the locals decide to take action. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1962 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The church is the same structure used as the home of Hyder Simpson in The Twilight Zone: The Hunt (1962). See more »

Goofs

When Doc Bolton is eating a pickle at the general store, the amount of pickle eaten changes from scene to scene. See more »

Quotes

[closing narration]
Narrator: Jeff and Comfort are still alive today, and their only son is a United States Senator. He's noted as an uncommonly shrewd politician, and some believe he must have gotten his education - in The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Perhaps not brilliant, but quite enjoyable.
17 May 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode starts off oddly--something that isn't too unusual for this series! The setting is the deep South and a man is about to be buried--the only problem is, he just woke up and has no intention of allowing this! As for the people in the community, they are freaked out to say the least, but they're also a very superstitious group and don't think it's right that he won't cooperate with their plans! However, the man (James Best) soon realizes that he doesn't have to put up with their prejudices and fears and sees that he can use this to his own advantage. Naturally, being "The Twilight Zone", there is a cute twist at the end that wraps it up very well.

While will readily admit that this is not among the best episodes, it is very good and holds up well over the years. A clever twist and a nice light comedic aspect of the show make this one a winner.


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