The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Shelter 

A suburban dinner party is interrupted by a bulletin warning of an impending nuclear attack. As the neighbors scramble to prepare themselves, they turn against the one family that installed a permanent bomb shelter.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Larry Gates ... Dr. Bill Stockton
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Marty Weiss
Jack Albertson ... Jerry Harlowe
Peggy Stewart ... Grace Stockton
Sandy Kenyon ... Frank Henderson
Michael Burns ... Paul Stockton
Jo Helton ... Martha Harlowe
Moria Turner Moria Turner ... Mrs. Weiss
Mary Gregory Mary Gregory ... Mrs. Henderson
John McLiam ... Man
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Storyline

Dr. Bill Stockton has prepared well for any eventuality. He's built a bomb shelter for himself, his wife and his child. His neighbors on the other hand have done nothing to prepare. During a dinner party, there is an emergency announcement on the radio that unidentified objects have been sighted en route to the US and they may be under attack. As the Stockton's prepare to use their shelter their neighbors panic asking to be let into the shelter with them. Stockton refuses leading to an angry confrontation. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The plot was adapted for the "Twilight Zone" radio show, hosted by Stacy Keach. See more »

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There is a guy in an untucked white shirt helping to knock down the shelter door. You can see him near the door when the door is finally broken open, but then he disappears. See more »

Quotes

Marty Weiss: Bill, it's Marty, please let us in.
Dr. Bill Stockton: Marty, I would if I could, do you understand? I swear to you I would.
Marty Weiss: Bill, please, it's Marty.
Dr. Bill Stockton: Marty I can't, don't stand there asking me. I can't, I can't and I won't.
Marty Weiss: I feel sorry for you, Bill, I really do, you probably will survive but you'll have blood on your hands.
[pounds on the shelter door]
Marty Weiss: YOU'RE A DOCTOR! YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO HELP PEOPLE! Help! Help! Help!
Dr. Bill Stockton: [to his wife and son] That was a million years ago...
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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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As Prescient and Timeless As Ever - Just as the People in Hawaii Today
13 January 2018 | by gmakgenericuseSee all my reviews

This episode is timeless - and prescient. Just ask the people in Hawaii today (Jan 13, 2018) after their "Nuclear Attack Is Imminent! This is not a Drill!" broadcast scare. Initial stories of a panicked people tearing down streets at 100mph, breaking into shelters... more and more stories will surface as the inevitable investigations proliferate. But Rod Serling got it right back in 1961 and showed what people turn into, and are capable of, when faced with their own imminent demise. Perhaps there will be a movie out of this (Hawaii false nuclear attack), but remember, you heard it here first: Rod Serling, 1961 "The Shelter".


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