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Twilight Zone; Eye of the Beholder

Updated on January 1, 2013

Classic Twilight Zone

One of the creepiest and most popular episodes of The Twilight Zone was Eye Of The Beholder from the first season.

The Twilight Zone itself is often rated as on of theTop Television Shows of the 1950s. There were many classic and memorable episodes that have been copied numerous times over the years, after the first episode of The Twilight Zone; "Where Is Everybody", and was released in 1959 and launched one of the most successful shows of all time. The Twilight Zone episode titled, "Eye Of The Beholder" is probably the most well remembered Zone ever.

Lying in her darkened hospital room with her head wrapped in bandages, Janet Tyler is hideously disfigured. She is in the hospital in an effort to fix her deformities an allow her to live a normal life. Only the shadowy figures of the doctors and nurses are seen. On televisions throughout the hospital the Leader of the State speaks of "glorious conformity," as Miss Tyler's bandages are gradually removed. When revealed her face is extremely stunning. The doctors and nurses drop their instruments in horror. The treatment has failed, and as the lights turn on we see the faces of the staff. Disturbingly pig like in appearance.

As Miss Tyler runs screaming through the hospital she runs into a room where she sees a freak who resembles her. It is the outrageously handsome Edson Stroll playing Walter Smith. He is in charge of an outcast village in the north, and has come t take Miss Tyler as he repeats to her that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

One of the finest episodes the series ever produced. Like Rod Serling himself, this episode has been parodied numerous times. One of the things that makes this episode so impressive is the artistry involved. I was a child the first time I saw this, but I don't recall wondering why the faces of the hospital staff were not being shown. The twist was so cleverly disguised. It had to be a real challenge to pull this off when they had a weekly schedule to keep up with.

William Tuttle who had worked with Walt Disney and just recently created the Morlocks in The Time Machine, and had great experience with make up and the cration of monsters. His big job was not only to create monsters, but to make sure that each monster have its own look just as any group of people has their own individual features. Yet, they had to look like the same species, not just a random group of monsters.

In casting Miss Tyler it was vital that the woman be increadibly beautiful. There must be no doubt that she is pretty by our standards. Her ability to act was unimportant. Getting a beautiful lady who could act well with her voice alone would be a tall order,so two women were cast as the lead. Maxine Stuart was the woman under the bandages, and Donna Douglas was the one we see. She went on very shortly after this episode to play Elly Mae Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies.

The cameras were wrapped in bandages for for the unveiling scenes, and when it aired for the first time, Eye of the Beholder received rave reviews.

It is currently one of the most requested episodes for annual Twilight Zone marathons.


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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      gmwilliams- Thank you for the comment. You are so right. Modern otherworldly series and movies are usually so corny that they really don't move the viewer at all. The quality of The Twilight Zone has never been reached, even by Rod Serling in the 1970s with Night Gallery.

      Patty Inglish, MS- Thank you for the vote up. Yes, this show is something that makes one think, and stirs the imagination. Not many shows do that. I never get tired of watching it.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I really enjoy these Twilight Zone episodes, because they still provoke thought. Thanks for the Hub - rated Up and more.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      I also saw the abovementioned episode. Such a classic! I love that series-intelligent and insightful. Too bad many of today's otherwordly series are just sophomoric to say the least.

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      Starmom41 5 years ago

      I just saw this episode on a retro channel recently- you're right, it's a good one!!!