The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Stop at Willoughby 

Tired of his miserable job and wife, a businessman starts dreaming on the train each night, about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby. Soon he has to know whether the town is real and fancies the thought of seeking refuge there.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Gart Williams
Janie Williams
1960 Conductor
Mavis Neal Palmer ...
Helen (as Mavis Neal)
James Maloney ...
1888 Conductor


Ad agency executive Garth Williams has had a particularly rough day - his young protégé has left to work at another agency and took a $3 million account him. He falls asleep on the train home and wakes up in another place and another time. It's July 1888 and he's in the village of Willoughby, a peaceful town where life is easy. He comes to back in his own time but as the pressures of works and his home life continue to mount, he decides Willoughby is exactly where he would like to spend the rest of days. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

6 May 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original draft of this story was considered for the pilot episode of the series but eventually rejected. It was later rewritten for this end of season one episode. See more »


Just before Gart Williams enters the restroom, the office assistant tells him his boss wants to talk to him. He uses the phone and hangs the receiver up backwards (cord across the dial). When he returns to the desk, after breaking the mirror, the receiver is hung up correctly. See more »


Misrell: We have now been here thirty-four minutes, Mr. Williams.
Gart Williams: This is a communication from Jake Ross.
Misrell: Would you be so kind as to share its contents with us?
Gart Williams: I can give you the sense of it very quickly, Mr. Misrell. This is Jake Ross's resignation. He's moving over to another agency.
Misrell: And...?
Gart Williams: And he's taking the automobile account with him.
Misrell: That account represented a gross billing of something in the neighborhood of three million dollars a year! And how many times have you promised it to me?
Gart Williams: This is ...
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A Stop at Willoughby - its not boring
12 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The really sad thing is the comment someone made that A Stop at Willoughby is dull. It may have moments where the victim is simply sitting on the train, with little happening, but I think this is the point. After years apparently dealing with Mr. Misrell, anyone would wish for peace and a slowed down environment. I guess everyone is entitled to their personal opinion. But, certainly, anyone who would truly see the episode for the first time, would be blown away by the ending. Dull, this I don't understand. The idea is extremely relevant today, in our hyper-speed society, where people get mad if a car honks at them for driving bad while text messaging. I think we don't come close to smelling the flowers often enough.

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