The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Spur of the Moment 

An engaged heiress is terrorized by a middle-aged woman on a horse pleading with her not to go through with her impending marriage.

Director:

Elliot Silverstein

Writers:

Richard Matheson, Rod Serling (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Diana Hyland ... Anne Henderson
Marsha Hunt ... Mrs. Henderson
Philip Ober ... Mr. Henderson
Roger Davis ... David Mitchell
Robert Hogan ... Robert Blake
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Storyline

While out horseback riding on June 13, 1939, 18 year-old Anne Henderson comes across another rider, a middle-aged woman dressed in black, who chases after her. She's terrified and races home. It's the day of her engagement party. She's supposed to marry Robert Blake but childhood friend David Mitchell wants her to break it off and marry him instead. As for the woman in black, she is someone who knows Anne quite well. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place on June 13, 1939 and in 1964. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: This is the face of terror: Anne Marie Mitchell, forty-three years of age, her desolate existence once more afflicted by the hope of altering her past mistake - a hope which is, unfortunately, doomed to disappointment. For warnings from the future to the past must be taken in the past; today may change tomorrow but once today is gone, tomorrow can only look back in sorrow that the warning was ignored. Said warning as of now stamped 'not accepted' and stored away in the dead ...
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Weird, scary opening, but it all could have worked so well.
18 January 2014 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

An eerie opening makes this one seem a lot more promising than it turns out to be. Anne (Diana Hyland),age 18, is out riding when she gets pursued by an older, black-cloaked, scary woman also on horseback screaming 'Anne'. Poetic, haunting sort of imagery for what was also a great plot idea idea from the great Richard Matheson. Unfortunately it all gets done in such a soap-like way. The characters don't generate much interest, not even Anne ,a spoiled rich girl, who needs to be more sympathetic for this to work. The chance is wasted to explore the subject matter deeper. If only this had been in the first series when Rod Serling saw to it that almost all the stories received a polished production! There is a clever dual perspective about it, but sadly it gets somewhat unseated in the middle.


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