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)




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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taxi | bar | superstition | fear | curse | See All (33) »


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Release Date:

1 December 1961 (USA) 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?


Rod Serling personally shared Alan Richards' disbelief in superstition and the supernatural. According to Reverend Ernest Pipes of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, "Theologically speaking, Rod was what we call a naturalistic humanist, and that was the underlying philosophy of my pulpit." See more »


When Alan enters his car the driver's widow is up but a moment later is down. See more »


Chad: Leveling and drainage have already been started, as well as some preliminary work on the dam itself. Now our time of completion will have to be upped by about three to six months but this shouldn't affect our general cost more than a few thousand dollars in either direction.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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What Your Amulet!
25 November 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The supernatural world is full of curses. There are times when it is prudent to believe a little, at least in The Twilight Zone. A woman carelessly brings back things that should have been left undisturbed. She sees them as souvenirs. They aren't. They are a connection to terror. Then her shortsighted husband gets into the act. Tales of terror are permeated by shortsightedness and that happens here. If we can't go to the jungle, the jungle will come to us. One is victimized and another waits to be. This is a pretty decent story. If there's a shortcoming, it would be that the main characters are not given a chance. They act the way people do, and that's their undoing.

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