The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Jungle 

A businessman who has recently returned from Africa is stalked by the superstitions and warnings of a witch doctor.


William F. Claxton (as William Claxton)


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
John Dehner ... Alan Richards
Walter Brooke ... Chad Cooper
Jay Adler ... Tramp
Emily McLaughlin Emily McLaughlin ... Doris Richards
Hugh Sanders ... Templeton
Howard Wright Howard Wright ... Hardy
Donald Foster Donald Foster ... Sinclair
Jay Overholts Jay Overholts ... Taxi Driver


Alan Richards and his wife are back in New York after living in Africa where he was in charge of a major construction project. His wife was deeply affected after a local witch doctor placed a curse on them and has taken to keeping charms to ward off evil spirits. While Richards doesn't discount the power of the witch doctor entirely, he dismisses her fears as unfounded. Having a drink in a bar one evening he finds that his wife left a protective amulet in his coat pocket. He leaves it on the bar when he leaves - and as a result has a dangerous and frightening walk home, only to find something there waiting for him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was adapted from a short story by Charles Beaumont that was first published in the December 1954 issue of the pulp magazine If: Worlds of Science Fiction. See more »


The Kakuyu tribe live in Kenya whereas the Koloka River is in Malawi. Although both nations are Bantu speaking, the Kakuyu do not live in Malawi. See more »


Doris Richards: Remember what that Shaman said when we were drilling in Africa? He said that we were hurting the land, that we were making it bleed, that the land would make us pay.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Worse episode so far
29 March 2016 | by WilliamCQSee all my reviews

I've been watching the episodes consecutively and so far, it's the worse episode I've seen. I found myself changing channel (which get me out of on demand TV, so I can get back where I left off) at least twice. I wanted to rate this 5/10 or less but I realized the actors gave a good performance and the rest (cinematography, sound, etc.) is up to par.

The story isn't so bad. I blame this major disappointment on the direction or bad script (which is under the direction IIRC). I found myself wondering if at the time there was some strike, which affected the quality. Or perhaps this episode was a filler.

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