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The Beacon/One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty 

"The Beacon": A doctor stumbles across an isolated town with a secret. "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty": A troubled writer goes back to his childhood to trace the source of his problems.

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Rod Serling (created by), Martin Pasko | 4 more credits »
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Episode credited cast:
Charles Martin Smith ... Dr. Dennis Barrows (segment "The Beacon")
Martin Landau ... William Cooper-Janes (segment "The Beacon")
Giovanni Ribisi ... Teddy (segment "The Beacon") (as Vonni Ribisi)
Cheryl Anderson ... Townsperson (segment "The Beacon")
Scott Lincoln ... Trooper (segment "The Beacon")
Hayley Taylor ... Townsperson (segment "The Beacon") (as Hayley Taylor-Block)
Peter Riegert ... Gus Rosenthal (segment "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty")
Chris Hebert ... Young Gus (segment "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty")
Jack Kehoe ... Lou Rosenthal (segment "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty")
Barbara Tarbuck ... Sarita Rosenthal (segment "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty")
Susan Wheeler Duff ... The Woman (segment "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty")
Biff Yeager ... Adult Jack Wheeldon (segment "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty")
Gary Karp Gary Karp ... Jack Wheeldon (segment "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty")
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Charles Aidman ... Narrator (voice)
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"The Beacon": A doctor stumbles across an isolated town with a secret. "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty": A troubled writer goes back to his childhood to trace the source of his problems.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1985 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the short story "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty", Gus is a collector of memorabilia from his childhood, including pulp magazines. As the apartment is scanned during the opening titles, very prominent is an issue of Startling Stories Vol. 13 #3 from 1946. See more »

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Narrator: [for segment "The Beacon"] They say every road goes somewhere, but that isn't so. Roads are just there. It is we who do the moving. They stop where we stop, not caring whether we follow them to our chosen destination, or... into the Twilight Zone.
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References The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance (1959) See more »

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One tale good, one tale bad, makes for an average episode
29 April 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

One good, one bad segment make up this eleventh episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE. Things start off on a strong footing with THE BEACON, which is one of those classic horror tales in which a stranger arrives in a small town only to find that the entire town is hiding a dark secret which soon becomes apparent as the narrative progresses.

The story has a better cast than usual for this TV series, with the underrated Charles Martin Smith standing out as the protagonist. There's a welcome role for Martin Landau as a town elder and watch out for a youthful Giovanni Ribisi in an early supporting role.

The second story is the poorly-titled ONE LIFE, FURNISHED IN EARLY POVERTY and it's a real stinker. It involves a kid who's subjected to bullying and harassment which affects his later life, but then he discovers way to go back in time and change things. Nothing in the story makes much sense and it's a real chore to sit through.


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