The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Kick the Can 

An old man living in a rest home thinks he's found the secret of youth in children's games.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Agee (as Earl Hodgins)
Mrs. Summers
Lenore Shanewise ...
Mrs. Densley
Anne O'Neal ...
Mrs. Wister


Charles Whitley is an elderly resident of Sunnyvale Rest, a home for the aged. It's not a happy place and Charles' hopes of moving in with his son David are dashed when he's told they can't take him in. He wistfully recalls his youth where they played kick the can and didn't have a worry in the world. His close friend Ben Conroy begins to worry him when Charles suggests all you have to do is wish it, and you can be young again. Ben is worried his friend will end up in the loony bin but it's Ben who is in for a surprise. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 February 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was one of four episodes to be remade for Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). The relevant segment was directed by Steven Spielberg. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Sunnyvale Rest, a dying place for ancient people, who have forgotten the fragile magic of youth. A dying place for those who have forgotten that childhood, maturity, and old age are curiously intertwined and not separate. A dying place for those who have grown too stiff in their thinking - to visit - The Twilight Zone.
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Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »

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No, this one is NOT one of the better episodes
9 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

The Twilight Zone has achieved a certain mythology about it--much like Star Trek. That's because there are many devoted lovers of the show that no matter what think every episode was a winner. They are the ones who score each individual show a 10 and cannot objectively evaluate the show. Because of this, a while back I reviewed all the original Star Trek episodes (the good and the bad) because the overall ratings and reviews were just too positive. Now, it's time to do the same for The Twilight Zone.

This is a far from engaging episode that is, at times, embarrassing to watch. I feel a lot like the old crank in the episode when I say that the sight of a lot of oldsters running about pretending to be children is pretty embarrassing. Plus, the whole thing seemed very preachy and silly if you ask me. My advice is watch the series--just don't expect much from this particular episode.

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