The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Young Man's Fancy 

Newlywed Alex Walker finds himself being pulled back to his childhood and back to his widowed mother in the house where he grew up.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Virginia Lane Walker
Wallace Rooney ...
Mr. Wilkinson
Helen Brown ...
Mrs. Henrietta Walker
Ricky Kelman ...
Young Alex (as Rickey Kelman)


Immediately after their wedding, Virginia and Alex Walker return to his mother's house to make arrangements for it to be sold. Virginia has waited a long time to marry Alex as his domineering mother Henrietta doted - and smothered - him. Going back home has a strange effect on him as he reconnects with his his environment such as his room and his toys. He slowly begins to change and Virginia realizes that her mother-in-law's influence hasn't subsided. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

11 May 1962 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Rod Serling's opening narration describes the character Alex Walker as 34 years old, he looks much older, and in fact, the actor, Alex Nicol was 46 years old, at the time. See more »


The sound from the phonograph in Alex's old bedroom is for the song "Lady In Red". However, a closeup shot of the spinning turntable reveals the label of the record, which reads "Lady Be Good" performed by Buddy Crawford, which is a different song. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Exit Miss Virginia Lane, formerly and most briefly Mrs. Alex Walker. She has just given up a battle and in a strange way retreated, but this has been a retreat back to reality. Her opponent, Alex Walker, will now and forever hold a line that exists in the past. He has put a claim on a moment in time and is not about to relinquish it. Such things do happen - in the Twilight Zone.
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Edited into The Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962) See more »


The Lady in Red
Music by Allie Wrubel
Performed by Eddy Duchin
played on radio
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The Pull Of The Past
29 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Alex Nicol plays Alex Walker, who has just gotten married to his long-in-waiting wife Virginia(played by Phyllis Thaxter). Both have returned to the home of his recently deceased mother, and are planning to sell the house, but as Alex takes a nostalgic tour before selling, finds the happy childhood memories taking hold of him once again, alarming his wife, who only wants to leave as soon as possible, fearing the spirit of his dominating mother is calling him back to her, but as it turns out, something even more tragic is going on here... Nearly forgotten episode never takes off like it should, but the idea is there, and episode retains a most sad and inevitable aura of doom about it that still makes it work.

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