Saturday Frights: The Twilight Zone – “The Silence” (1961)

Saturday Frights - Sean Hartter
Welcome to another installment of Saturday Frights! This evening we offer for your enjoyment a classic episode of the Twilight Zone, the episode is entitled “The Silence” and was originally broadcast on CBS back on April 28, 1961. The episode deals with one Colonel Archie Taylor (Franchot Tone) who finds that his quite time at the men’s club is continuously wrecked by the nervous chatter of a fellow member, Jamie Tennyson (Liam Sullivan). Taylor decides to lay a wager against Tennyson that he will not be able to speak for one year. If Tennyson accomplishes the feat he will find himself $500,000 richer.

To make sure that Tennyson holds up his end of the wager he will live in a glass apartment constructed in the game room of the men’s club. Microphones set up throughout the apartment will be able to detect any noise that Tennyson might make. His meals will be provided and his communication made through written notes, plus any member of the club may come and visit him at anytime.

This episode also features Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space, Freakazoid) as Taylor’s friend and lawyer as well as Cyril Delevanti.

As we’ve seen with the Twilight Zone series multiple times, the most frightening thing we can witness is what our fellow human beings are capable of. So please turn down the lights, bundle up, and join us for Saturday Frights as we once again visit the Twilight Zone.

As always I want to thank Sean Hartter for the excellent artwork you see up top. Make sure to visit his blog and take a look at all of the other pieces of art he has on display!


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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