The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Changing of the Guard 

After being forced to retire, Professor Fowler contemplates suicide when he doesn't feel he has made a difference in the world. That night he has an experience that shows him that he is wrong.

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Philippa Bevans ...
Mrs. Landers - Housekeeper
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Russell Horton ...
Bartlett
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Boy (as Buddy Hart)
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Graham (as Bob Biheller)
Kevin O'Neal ...
Butler
Jimmy Baird ...
Boy
Kevin Jones ...
Boy
Darryl Richard ...
Thompson
James Browning ...
Boy
Pat Close ...
Boy
Dennis Kerlee ...
Boy
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Professor Ellis Fowler has been teaching at the Rock Spring School for Boys for a great many years. In fact, he taught the grandfather of one of his current students. Just before Christmas however, he's told by the headmaster that his contract will not be renewed for the new year. Despondent, he returns home convinced that his life has been wasted and decides to end it all. Before he can do so however, his is visited by some very special students from the past who give him cause to reconsider. Written by garykmcd

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1 June 1962 (USA)  »

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The final The Twilight Zone (1959) episode where the ending shot rose upward, seeing the setting's higher point replaced by a starlit sky. See more »

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When Professor Fowler is looking out the window listening to the singers, he is wearing glasses in some angles and not wearing glasses in others. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: Professor Ellis Fowler, teacher, who discovered rather belatedly something of his own value. A very small scholastic lesson from the campus of - The Twilight Zone.
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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
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Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears
Music by Richard Storrs Willis
Performed by Christmas carolers
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A Man Of Consequence
29 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Donald Pleasance is outstanding as Literature Professor Ellis Fowler of the Rock Springs School For Boys, who has been teaching there for 51 years, but now, just before Christmas vacation, is informed by his sympathetic headmaster that he faces mandatory retirement. Shocked and disheartened by this news, Fowler goes into a depression, and considers suicide for what he considers a failed life, but the timely intervention of departed but appreciative former students give him a lesson he'll never forget... Wonderfully realized story is both touching and authentic, with a distinctive holiday mood that distinguishes this exquisite episode. Last of the third season would prove to be ironically titled, since series went on hiatus before returning in a new hour-long format.


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