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The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Trouble with Templeton 

A nostalgic actor revisits his late wife and friends at their old haunt, only to find that he is now out of place there.


Buzz Kulik


E. Jack Neuman, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Brian Aherne ... Booth Templeton
Pippa Scott ... Laura Templeton
Sydney Pollack ... Arthur Willis
Dave Willock ... Marty
King Calder ... Sid Sperry
Larry J. Blake ... Freddie (as Larry Blake)
David Thursby David Thursby ... Eddie
Charles Carlson Charles Carlson ... Barney Flueger


Booth Templeton is a renowned stage actor who has reached a stage in his personal life where he has idealized his past. In particular he has fond memories of his first wife, Laura. After a stressful encounter at the theater, he walks out of the stage door and finds himself in 1927 where he joins his wife and best friend, Barney Fluegler, for dinner. It all reminds him that his past was not as rosy as he may have remembered it. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1927 and 1960. See more »


When Booth grabs Laura to stop her dancing, her flapper beads end up hanging from her neck in two long strands, but later are shown intact. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Pleased to present for your consideration, Mr. Booth Tempelton, serious and successful star of over thirty Broadway plays, who is not quite all right today. Yesterday and its memories is what he wants, and yesterday is what he'll get. Soon his years and his troubles will descend on him in an avalanche. In order not to be crushed, Mr. Booth Templeton will escape from his theater and his world and make his debut on another stage in another world - that we call The Twilight Zone.
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All The World's A Stage
5 June 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Plot-- An aging star actor is dissatisfied with current life and pines for former life with a deceased wife, all of which causes problems for those in his new play.

Rule of thumb--- when we step into a theatre, we step into a different world; when we step back into the street, we step back into the real world. Seems like an inarguable law of nature, except of course in the TZ.

Good episode, with Aherne delivering a nicely calibrated performance. And catch that 1920's speakeasy or should I say speakloud that really rocks, what with all the illegal liquor flowing. Scott too, shines as a sexy jazz baby that makes me wish I were born a lot sooner. And catch real life director Pollock playing a make-believe director. His mean guy is tyrannical enough to bully Hitler, let alone his forlorn cast. Gutsy career move on Pollock's part. Anyhow, what starts off as a character study transitions into sci-fi that transitions into thoughtful ending. All in all, it's a typically challenging 30-minutes from our friends at TZ.

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