The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Perchance to Dream 

A fatigued man fights to stay awake as he explains to a psychiatrist that if he falls asleep it will trigger a nightmare, which will cause his heart to fail.


Robert Florey

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Conte ... Edward Hall
John Larch ... Dr. Eliot Rathmann
Suzanne Lloyd ... Maya / Miss Thomas


Edward Hall visits a psychiatrist - Dr Rathmann, who was recommended by his doctor. Mr Hall tells the doctor he's very tired - since he's purposefully not slept for almost a week. Edward thinks if he sleeps, he'll die. He's been dreaming in "chapters", with 2 characters; himself, and a woman named Maya, the Cat Woman, and she's told him she'll kill him in his next nightmare. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

27 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


French title: La poursuite du rêve. See more »


At the beginning of the show (00:58), when Rod Serling is giving his monologue we see people come and go through a revolving door, there is one lady exiting the building who slows the revolving door by putting her hand through where the glass panel should be. See more »


Maya: We've been expecting you, Mr. Hall.
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Quintessential Twilight Zone
14 February 2006 | by insightflowSee all my reviews

I am surprised to not see a comment on this episode, hence mine. The episode deals with the elusive boundary between sleep and being awake, aiming to once again stir our perceptions and notions of reality. (Mind you, I shouldn't say "once again", since this is only episode nine.) A man finds himself at the psychiatrist's office with a reoccurring dream of a woman named Maya chasing him. She pushes on the limits of his fragile heart, and, should he fall asleep one last time, he will not survive the roller coaster. He's forced himself to stay awake for 90 hours before visiting the doctor...I won't give away the ending for you.

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