The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? 

Following a frantic phone call about a crashed spaceship, two policeman try and determine who among the passengers of a bus at a snowed-in roadside diner is from another world.


Montgomery Pittman


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
John Hoyt ... Ross
Jean Willes ... Ethel McConnell
Jack Elam ... Avery
Barney Phillips ... Haley the Bartender
John Archer ... Trooper Bill Padgett
William Kendis ... Olmstead (as Bill Kendis)
Morgan Jones ... Trooper Dan Perry
Gertrude Flynn ... Rose Kramer
Bill Erwin ... Peter Kramer
Jill Ellis ... Connie Prince
Ron Kipling ... George Prince


After an anonymous phone call about a spacecraft that crashed in a frozen wood, two police officers find evidence that the event really happened. Apparently one alien had walked away from the spot. They drive to the nearby highway Café and they find a bus with seven passengers waiting for the reopening of a snowed in bridge. However the driver says that he had only six passengers when he parked the bus. While interrogating the travelers, weird things happen in the diner, with the lights switching on and off and the turntable turning on and off. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

26 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After the bus driver realizes that he doesn't know who boarded the bus, Avery (the kooky older man at the diner counter) exclaims "She's just like a science fiction, that's what she is! A regular Ray Bradbury!" Ray Bradbury later wrote the Season 3 episode The Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962). See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Incident on a small island, to be believed or disbelieved. However, if a sour-faced dandy named Ross or a big, good-natured counterman who handles a spatula as if he'd been born with one in his mouth, - if either of these two entities walk onto your premises, you'd better hold their hands - all three of them - or check the color of their eyes - all three of them. The gentlemen in question might try to pull you into - The Twilight Zone.
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Spoofed in Rick and Morty: Total Rickall (2015) See more »

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14 February 2008 | by jcravens42See all my reviews

This is one of the more adorable episodes of the Twilight Zone, with some fun dialog and amusing characters to break the tension of some creepy moments. There's the usual blond vamp "dancer" (what is up with Serling's fondness for that kind of character, such that she keeps showing up in various episodes?) and other assorted characters, but it's Jack Elam's "old man" who totally steals the show. I consider this the funny, light-hearted version of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" -- or, perhaps, a 20-minute Twilight Zone parody of "The Thing." On another note: I thought the young lover of the episode might be someone who eventually went on to other things -- he looked familiar -- but it seems that "Ron Kipling" disappeared after just two TV credits to his name.

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