The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Little People 

On a desolate planet, two astronauts discover an entire society populated by incredibly small beings. One of them decides to rule the society as god.

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Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Maross ...
Navigator Peter Craig
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Cmdr. William Fletcher
Michael Ford ...
Spaceman
Robert Eaton ...
Spaceman
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When a spacecraft makes an emergency landing on an unknown planet the commander, William Fletcher, is anxious to get underway again as soon as possible. Not so for his navigator, Peter Craig, who is insubordinate and is fed up taking orders all of the time. While Fletcher makes repairs to the ship Craig explores the area around them and is astonished to find that there are living beings there only a fraction of the size of humans. Soon, he is being recognized by them as a god and refuses to leave when the ship ready. He is to realize that one's place in the universe is a relative thing. Written by garykmcd

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30 March 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The weapons and giants' uniforms were used in Forbidden Planet (1956). See more »

Goofs

When Craig shows Fletcher the tiny village, his arm points out the landscape, and seconds later steps next to Fletcher and does it again. See more »

Quotes

Peter Craig: All right, my little friends, comes now the new age, the age of - the age of Peter Craig... Let us begin to build the statue, again. Let us commence to begin.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) See more »

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Size Is Relative
29 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Claude Akins plays Commander Fletcher, and Joe Maross plays Navigator Peter Craig, two astronauts who are forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet after their ship runs into trouble. Forced to make repairs, Craig is told to explore the area for supplies, and to determine if it is inhabited or not. Craig does find life, but the tiny kind, as it turns out a very small community of little people about 1/100th their size exist, and unethical Peter Craig decides to become their God, and doesn't much care if it's a loving or angry one... Far-fetched but memorable episode may be morally obvious, but it makes its point well, and Maross is quite a sight to see, especially at the surprise(?) ending.


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