The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The orphaned daughter of telepathic parents must learn to speak and deal with a world she cannot communicate in.


Stuart Rosenberg


Richard Matheson, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Baxley ... Cora Wheeler
Frank Overton ... Harry Wheeler
Irene Dailey ... Miss Frank
Ann Jillian ... Ilse (as Ann Jilliann)
Éva Szörényi Éva Szörényi ... Frau Werner (as Eva Soreny)
Robert Boon Robert Boon ... Holger Nielsen
Claudia Bryar ... Frau Nielsen
Percy Helton ... Tom Poulter
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Karl Werner (as Oscar Beregi)


Sometime after World War II, a small group of people make a pact to develop their telepathic abilities as a means of communicating, foregoing any type of oral communication. One couple, the Nielsens, announce that they are migrating to a small town in the USA, German Corners, Pa. After a tragic fire at their house 10 years later, Sheriff Harry Wheeler and his wife Cora take in the only survivor, the now orphaned Ilsa Nielsen. The young girl has never learned to speak, always using telepathy to communicate with her parents. They don't quite understand why Ilsa won't speak to them and Cora sees her as a replacement for the daughter she lost in an accident some years ago. When they enroll Ilsa in school, her teacher is determined to make her act like all the other children. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

31 January 1963 (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?


At the beginning of the episode it does not actually show Düsseldorf on the River Rhine. It shows the town of Passau and the River Danube. Passau is located in Bavaria, the south-east of Germany at the border to Austria. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] It has been noted in a book of proven wisdom that perfect love casteth out fear. While it's unlikely that this observation was meant to include that specific fear which follows the loss of extrasensory perception, the principle remains, as always, beautifully intact. Case in point, that of Isle Nielsen, former resident of The Twilight Zone.
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I can't believe the low ratings
5 November 2018 | by Bot_feederSee all my reviews

I found this episode an incredibly well composed and emotionally intense one.

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