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:
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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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A mailbox by the side of street reads "M. Pittman", for the director and writer of the episode Montgomery Pittman See more »


When Doc Bolton is eating a pickle at the general store, the amount of pickle eaten changes from scene to scene. 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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The Return of Jeff Myrtlebank!
2 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Another episode set in hillbilly country. Jeff pops out of his coffin as the minister is doing the eulogy. He is hale and healthy and quite a happy guy. It really freaks out the rest of the townspeople and his family who realize that he isn't the same Jeff they remember. He pretty much goes about his business, doing what he does. He has trouble with roses (he kills them), but otherwise most of his problems come from the outside. Now mixed in here is the fact the he is, indeed, not the guy people knew. He was formerly lazy and not totally likable. He was bullied and pushed around formerly--now he sticks up for himself. The townspeople would like to run him out of town but are forced to rethink things. Suffice it to say, he has a few cards up his sleeve. The conclusion is very satisfying.

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