It's 1942, and a man finds himself on a ship in the Atlantic, not knowing who he is, nor how he got there. He does know the ship will soon be attacked by a German U-boat.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Carl Lanser
Deirdre Owens ...
Barbara Stanley (as Deirdre Owen)
First Officer McLeod
Captain Wilbur
Major Devereaux
Hugh Sanders ...
Jerry Potter
1st Steward
Donald Journeaux ...
2nd Steward
Barry Bernard ...
Lt. Mueller


During World War II, a confused Carl Lancer finds himself as one of only a few passengers on a freighter, the S.S. Queen of Glasgow, traveling from London to New York. As he sits with other passengers, he begins to realize that he is the captain of a U-Boat that is at that very moment tracking the freighter with a view to sinking it. He also knows that in just over an hour the freighter will be attacked. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

4 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The filming sets included those used for The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959). See more »


Captain Wilbur: Are you all right, Mr. Lanser? I mean, is there anything - well, anything that you want to tell us?
Carl Lanser: There is very little that I can tell you, as I don't remember anything. I don't really know how I got on this ship. I don't recall anything about it. I seem to remember only odd disjointed things. I know, for example, that my name is Carl Lanser. I know that I was born in Frankfurt.
Captain Wilbur: Go on, Mr. Lanser.
Carl Lanser: Go on? Go on how? It seems to be all that I know.
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Doomed to Relive a Tragic Night for the Eternity
22 January 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1942, Carl Lanser (Nehemiah Persoff) is a lonely passenger without recollections that is traveling in the cargo ship "S.S. Queen of Glasgow" from London to New York. Lanser meets the captain and the other passengers and soon he recalls that he is the captain of a U-Boat that will attack the ship in a few moments.

"Judgment Night" is an engaging episode of The Twilight Zone" with the story of a man doomed to relive a tragic night for the eternity. The plot is based on the myth of King Sisyphus, punished for trickery and forced to roll a huge boulder up a steep hill; but before he reaches the top, the rock would always roll back down. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação: Judgment Night" ("Beyond Imagination - Judgment Night")

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