The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Person or Persons Unknown 

David Gurney wakes up to another ordinary day. Except today, nobody knows who he is.


John Brahm


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Long ... David Andrew Gurney
Frank Silvera ... Dr. Koslenko
Shirley Ballard Shirley Ballard ... Wilma #1
Julie Van Zandt Julie Van Zandt ... Wilma #2
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Clerk
Edmund Glover ... Sam Baker (as Ed Glover)
Michael Keep ... Policeman
Joe Higgins ... Bank Guard
John Newton John Newton ... Cooper


David Gurney awakens on his bed fully clothed and realizes he's late for work. He and his wife Wilma had a few drinks the night before and she is sound asleep. When he can't find his razor he wakes her but she says he doesn't know who he is and demands he leave her house. His clothes are nowhere to be found and so heads off to work. He knows everyone there but like his wife, none of his co-workers have any idea who he is. He's desperate to find one piece of his identity to prove who he is. When all finally seems resolved, he faces another shock. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Person or Persons Unknown See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an obvious mix-up, Sam Baker the bartender is played by character actor Harry Swoger. Swoger played bartenders throughout his career, most notably on The Big Valley (1965) (which Richard Long would later star in). However, in the credits Edmund Glover is credited. See more »


When Dave finds his proof, the photo clerk tells him that he owes $1.75. A moment later though, Dave tells the policemen he owes her $1.81. With tax, it would have been $1.81. (California sales tax was 3% at the time.) See more »


[repeated line]
David Andrew Gurney: I'm David Gurney!
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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It's a bad day when you jump through the psychologist's window.
26 November 2013 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

David Gurney (Richard Long) wakes up fully dressed one morning, and begins talking to his wife, Wilma, who is still in bed. They had a few drinks the night before and David urges his wife to get up with a gentle spank through the bed sheets. To their mutual dismay she does not know who he is. David expects her to be back to normal later, but finds the world doesn't know him anymore. This is a theme touched on in series one with 'And When The Sky Was Opened' and addressed again in series four with 'In His Image'. Both are better in my opinion.

This one leaves the viewer with too much to work out. A very unsatisfying ending lets this entry down. David Gurney is of course regarded as crazy and goes looking for evidence of his identity. I read that the actress playing Wilma (Shirley Ballard) worked on the continuity of Mad Max years later, and I cant help finding that a little amusing for a reason I wont elaborate on for those yet to see this.

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