The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank 

A young man wakes up at his own funeral and wants to know what the heck is going on. The townfolk are glad to see him back, but they begin to wonder if he's a man.. or something else?



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jeff Myrtlebank
Comfort Gatewood
Doc Bolton
Orgram Gatewood
Pa Myrtlebank
Ezelle Poule ...
Ma Myrtlebank
James Houghton ...
Jerry (as Jim Houghton)
Ma Gatewood
Reverend Siddons
Mrs. Ferguson
Vickie Barnes ...
Liz Myrtlebank
Patrick Hector ...
Tom (as Pat Hector)


Everyone at Jeff Myrtlebank's funeral service is shocked when he pushes the coffin lid open and steps out, seemingly in perfect health. Old Doc Bolton mumbles some ridiculous explanation and the people there settle down a bit. Obviously his family is happy that he's back with them and his fiancée welcomes him as he is, with no questions asked. They do notice that he's a bit different. As time goes on however, rumors begin spread and the locals decide to take action. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 February 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sherry Jackson, who plays Comfort, was the stepdaughter of the episode's director Montgomery Pittman. Pittman had previously directed the famous episode "Two," and had wanted Jackson to play the female soldier. She was deemed to be too young for the role and it went to Elizabeth Montgomery instead. See more »


In the breakfast scene, the front shot shows Pa Myrtlebank with a forkful of egg and there is a full piece of toast on his plate. When they switch to a rear shot, he is still holding the forkful of egg but the toast is gone. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Time: the mid-twenties. Place: the Midwest - the southernmost section of the Midwest. We were just witnessing a funeral, a funeral that didn't come off exactly as planned, due to a slight fallout - from The Twilight Zone.
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Saw this last night on KDOC!
27 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like one reviewer put it, the twilight zone is just magical. James Best does an excellent job with this character and the reactions from the townspeople are right on. This episode is open to interpretation, but I'm sure after viewing it you'll ponder what has become of his soul.

Although the narration leads us to the conclusion that he is a demon who has gained the power to become a senator, one still may have doubt to what has happened in this hick town.

Great Show! I'm interested in purchasing this whole se to show this to my soon to be kids. There is nothing decent on television anymore, and I'm afraid the imagination that the Twilight Zone offered will never exist again. Shows these days focus too much on sex.

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