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Hollywood Graveyard Enters THE TWILIGHT ZONE

You unlock this door with the key of
remembrance, beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of nostalgia, a dimension of entertainment, a dimension of grief. You’re moving into a
land of both life and death, of mourning and celebration. You’ve just crossed over into… the Hollywood Graveyard. Hello, Mr Serling. 60 years ago, in 1959, audiences took
their very first journey into a dimension whose boundaries are that of
imagination, an area between light and shadow. The Twilight Zone was the
creation of a visionary man, one of the all-time greats in the annals of
Hollywood wordsmiths: Rod Serling. When Serling began writing, television
was a brand-new medium. He burst onto the scene in the 50s with dramatic hits like
Patterns and Requiem for a Heavyweight before surprising audiences by
announcing a new sci-fi and fantasy series. In that era sci-fi was seen as a
lesser art form, but there was logic behind Sterling’s decision to stray from
straight drama. What the Twilight Zone did was granted him a degree of freedom
and creative expression that he hadn’t enjoyed before. He could write stories
that were meaningful to him, but in the context of robots, aliens, and the
paranormal, in far-off times and places, he could avoid sponsor and censor
interference. The series premiered on October 2nd 1959 and was an immediate
hit. It would run for five seasons, and in that time Rod Serling wrote or adapted
92 of the 156 episodes made. And with his distinctive punctuated voice, cigarette
in hand, Serling became the unwitting star of the
series as narrator, making cameo appearances at the beginning of most
episodes setting the stage for the usual events that were about to transpire… in the Twilight Zone. The Twilight Zone would not only pave the way but set the standard for all TV
sci-fi, fantasy, and horror to follow. It’s considered one of the greatest, most
influential TV shows of all time. In 1975 Rod suffered a series of heart attacks. In June of that year he
underwent open-heart surgery, but suffered another
heart attack on the operating table and died two days later. He was only 50. He was buried here in Interlaken, New York not far from Cayuga Lake, location of his
summer home, and also the namesake of his production company. He left us far too soon,
but he also left us a treasure trove of entertaining and
thought-provoking stories that we’ll be able to enjoy for generations. And the
Twilight Zone has lived on in various incarnations to this very day – a true
testament to the greatness of Rod Serling. “Respectfully submitted from an
empty cemetery and a dark hillside that is one of the slopes leading to the
Twilight Zone.” Thank you for all the wonderful
stories, Rod. Portrait of a man obsessed with
death and the macabre. For the better part
of a half decade Arthur Dark has found himself wandering graveyards to
reconnect with the stars of yesteryear. In just a moment Mr. Dark will board a
train, a train he hopes will take him back to the stars of Hollywood, so many
of whom shined bright in the misty gray regions of the Twilight Zone. The
destination on his ticket may read Los Angeles but for Mr. Dark, the train will
make an unscheduled stop deep in the heart of the Hollywood Graveyard. Ticket, please. Oh, yes. Where are we headed today, Mr.Dark? Los Angeles. End of the line. You have a long journey ahead of you. Well it gives me time to work on my
video. Oh you’re a filmmaker? Well, uh, a YouTuber. Ah, well, safe travels Mr. Dark. Oh boy, where to begin? There are so many. Oh, hello. You forgot someone. I haven’t even started yet. Why? Well, if you must know, I’m not really sure where to start. Where are your
parents anyway? Why don’t you start at the beginning? Weren’t you just…? Look, kid, don’t bother me. I gotta lot of work to do, alright? Start at the beginning huh? Hollywood graveyard was born at Forest
Lawn in the Hollywood Hills when we made our first tour video there in 2017. As an
anthology series with a rotating cast, many of the great actors of the era were
featured on The Twilight Zone, as well as some new faces that would
soon launch to stardom. The first star we have revisited who had a featured role
in The Twilight Zone was Lee Van Cleef. The rugged western star of such classics
as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, can be seen in his younger, pre-mustachioed
years, in the episode fittingly titled “The Grave.” Since this is a job you’re
gonna have to do by yourself, how we gonna be sure that you’ve done it? What do you mean? Well what’s to keep you from going
let’s say to the edge of the graveyard,
then coming back and telling us you’ve gone all the way? When the Twilight Zone ventured
into the realm of comedy by making an homage to silent
comedies of the teens and 20s, who better to get to play the lead role than one of
silent film’s biggest legends, Buster Keaton. The episode follows Keaton, who
time travels from the silent era to the not-so-silent 60s… and hilarity ensues. Not far from where Buster lies is the
grave of Telly Savalas, of Kojak fame. His journey through the Twilight Zone was
one of the most creepy, and most memorable, when he’s haunted by a talking
doll in the season 5 episode, “Living Doll.” My name is Talky Tina,
and I don’t think I like you. Just a few miles away in Glendale is the original Forest Lawn
where some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are laid to rest. Ed Wynn,
the beloved actor of films like Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins, made two
appearances in The Twilight Zone. In the second episode of season one he’s
followed by Mr. Death himself. And in the episode “Ninety Years Without Slumbering,
Wynn’s life force is inexorably connected to a grandfather clock. Now look, mister, I can’t let
you go in there. But don’t you see? Look, don’t you see
I’m, I’m running down, and if that stops I’ll die I’ll really die. Laid to rest here with
Ed is his son Keenan, also a prolific character actor. He too made an
appearance in The Twilight Zone. His episode was not only memorable for being
the final of season one, but it’s also the only episode in which Rod Serling
makes an appearance in the actual narrative of the story and not just as
narrator. In real life such ridiculous
nonsense could never… Rod… You shouldn’t. In the Columbarium of Memory here in the
Great Mausoleum is the niche of actor Jack Carson, of Mildred Pierce fame. In
the season 2 episode “The Whole Truth,” Jack finds himself in the unfortunate
situation of being an unscrupulous used-car salesman cursed to only tell
the truth. What else have you got? Oh what else? Well, I’ll… I haven’t anything else
worthwhile to show you. Everything in this lot should have been
condemned years ago. Out to the grounds of the cemetery
on Sunrise Slope is the grave of William Demarest,
fondly remembered for playing uncle Charlie on the TV
series My Three Sons. But in the Twilight Zone the TV was not so kind to Mr. Demarest, who sees in it his own indiscretions. Can’t you hear? Can’t you see? Look! It’s a trick! It’s a trick! The badgering wife who torments William’s
character almost as bad as the television itself is Joan Blondell, who
is laid to rest here in the Columbarium of the Evening Star. The actress, also
known for films like The Blue Veil, can be seen in the episode titled
“What’s in the Box?” What did ya see, Joe? Lady wrestlers? What do you see, Joe? A burlesque show? Fan dancers from Yonkers? Many know Ted Knight as Ted Baxter from the Mary Tyler Moore Show. But if you keep your eye out in the season 1 episode “The Lonely,” you’ll spot Ted
Knight as he delivers supplies to a prisoner whose jail cell is an asteroid
millions of miles from Earth. – How about it, Allenby?
– You’re outa luck, Corry. The sentence reads 50 years. And they’re not
even reviewing cases of homicide. You’ve been here for years now, so that makes 46
more to go so make yourself comfortable. Cyril Delevanti was one of the few
stars to have appeared in the Twilight Zone more than just one or two times.
Four episodes feature this wrinkle-faced British actor with a big smile: “Passage
on the Lady Anne,” “A Piano in the House,” “The Silence,” and “A Penny for your
Thoughts.” How did you know? How did you know, Mr. Poole? It’s true, of course, I was thinking of filling my briefcase with
the bank’s money. From one of the biggest to one of the smallest cemeteries in Hollywood, the
star-studded Westwood Village Memorial Park has more stars per capita than
anywhere else in the world, including Marilyn Monroe. James Coburn, who won an
Oscar for his role in Affliction, had a commanding screen presence. That presence
is felt as the antagonist in the season 5 post-apocalyptic episode, “The Old Man
in the Cave.” There is no old man in the cave. He’s a lie. He’s a concoction. Nobody’s seen him,
nobody’s heard him. Nobody knows who he is or where he’s from. Just feet from Coburn is the
niche of Lloyd Bochner. He was the star of the episode,
“To Serve Man,” where an alien race… Well, I won’t spoil it for you. But let’s
just say this episode has one of those wonderfully shocking twist endings that
the Twilight Zone became so famous for. This is the way nightmares begin, or
perhaps end. Very simple, direct, unadorned. Incredible, and yet so terribly real that
even while they’re happening we live with them, and adjust them,
and assimilate them. In this same fountain garden is the niche of Jack Klugman. The Odd Couple
actor was another series regular, making four appearances in the Twilight Zone, in
some of the more dramatically weighty episodes, including the heart-wrenching
season 5 opener “In Praise of Pip.” Pip. You can’t leave me now. You can’t go away from me now. Pip! Peter Faulk’s Detective Columbo is one of
the great characters in television history. But with a beard and an accent
you may not even realize that it’s Peter Falk who plays a central American
revolutionary in the season 3 episode, “The Mirror.” A mirror that reflects the faces
of my assassins. Isn’t that intriguing. Richard Conte, famous for his role as
Barzini in The Godfather, took us for an unsettling stroll through one of his
dreams, or rather, one of his nightmares, in the episode “Perchance to Dream.” Don’t fall asleep,
you may never wake up. Don’t be afraid. I’m not. Then come. You are afraid. Only because this isn’t
happening. This is a dream. Sebastian Cabot had one of those voices built for
film and television, for example as the narrator on Winnie the Pooh. But in
season 1 of The Twilight Zone his talents were used to slightly more
diabolical ends. Look, I don’t belong in heaven, see? I want to go to the other place. Heaven? Whatever gave you the idea you
were in heaven, Mr. Valentine? Jonathan Harris was a perfect fit for his role in the episode “Twenty-two.” The actor, who played
Dr. Zachary Smith in the series Lost in Space, played a doctor
helping a woman cope with her nightmares in the Twilight Zone. Well, Doc, what’s it gonna be tonight? Big discussion about Freud and dreams? You don’t seem interested in
dreams, Ms. Powell. Inn this story you recount you
keep rejecting the fact that it is a dream. To Hillside now, a Jewish cemetery
in Culver City. Among the stars who made appearances on The Twilight Zone before
they were stars was Leonard Nimoy. The actor who would forever be known for his
portrayal of Spock in the Star Trek series had a very small role in the
episode, “A Quality of Mercy,” in 1961. Short. Yards: 5-0. Short. Yards: 5-0. That’s right, still. They say that’s their limit. Not far from here, in the Garden of
Solomon, is Theodore Bikel. The actor who is best known for stage
performances as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, did crazy better than just about
anyone else on the Twilight Zone, in the episode “Four O’Clock.” That’s what I’ll do.
I’ll turn all the evil people into little ones. You understand? I’ll make every evil man three, no two… two feet tall. And that should do it for Hillside. Wait, you forgot one. What? Who? You forgot Jack Benny. Jack Benny? Are you serious? What’s your name, kid? Jeremy. Jeremy, Jack Benny was
never on the Twilight Zone. No but the Twilight Zone was
on Jack Benny. Remember? Yeah. The Twilight Zone was indeed on the Jack
Benny Program. In the early 1960s two of the most popular shows on television
were the Twilight Zone and the Jack Benny Program, so perhaps it was
inevitable that these two shows would meet in a hilarious mashup, where Benny
finds himself in the Twilight Zone, a town whose mayor is none other than
Rod Serling. Where… where am I? Oh there’s a sign. Twilight Zone? Your honor? Yes I’m the mayor of this town. As a matter of fact they
named it after me. I’m Mr. Zone. Benny is entombed here in
the mausoleum at Hillside. There, Jack Benny. Happy? Yes. Not far from Hillside is
Holy Cross, a Catholic cemetery. Fans of I Dream of Jeannie fondly remember Hayden Rorke as comedic foil,
Dr. Bellows, on the 60s sitcom. Look for him in the
Twilight Zone episode “A Penny for Your Thoughts,” alongside Bewitched actor,
Dick York. I’ll put half of it on
Lucky Lady in the sixth, and split the rest between Nimble Runner and
Crinoline at 5 to 1. Nimble Runner? 5 to 1? What did you say? Hollywood Forever is the cemetery that perhaps most fully embraces its place in
Hollywood. Another Bewitched actor who made an
appearance in The Twilight Zone was David White. He played Larry Tate on
Bewitched, but in the Twilight Zone he was a loving father in search of a
somewhat unconventional mother figure for his children in the episode “I Sing
the Body Electric.” We have perfected an
electronic data processing system. Well what does that mean, daddy? An electronic data processing system
in the shape of an elderly woman built… A woman? Yes, sort of a robot. Down this same
corridor here in the Cathedral Mausoleum is the niche of actress Celia Lovsky, who was once married to Peter Lorre. The Vienna-born actress seen in
films like Soylent Green played Viola Draper in the episode with an ancient
Egyptian spin, “Queen of the Nile.” Can you imagine what it was like to see her
always and beautiful, while my mirrored image grew
seared and yellowed with age? Joan Hackett is famous here at Hollywood Forever for her unique epitaph. The
Oscar-nominated actress played Esther in the season 3 episode, “A Piano in the
House,” featuring a piano whose music has quite an unusual effect on people. You beast. I’ve controlled myself for six years,
and I can’t stand it any longer. Mickey Rooney had been performing in
film and television for over three decades before this memorable turn on
the Twilight Zone. Known for his Mickey McGuire short films
and movies alongside Judy Garland, Rooney showcased his dramatic acting
skills in this unique one man in one room episode, “The Last Night of a Jockey.” You really are a dumb little runt,
aren’t you? Oh excuse me that’s what you
call yourself, isn’t it? Runt? Or was it shrimp?is rocker where was it Why don’t you get out of here? Mt. Sinai Cemetery is adjacent
to Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills. Here in Maimonides section is Ross
Martin, a character actor who played master of disguise Artemus Gordon in The
Wild Wild West. In the Twilight Zone he played one character with multiple faces.
Not sure what I mean? Check out the episode “The Four of Us Are
Dying,” Johnny are you a ghost? Sure, a ghost. I just came down to check the
mourners, read the obituaries. How’d they feel about the deceased huh? What kind of tears? Jesse White is perhaps best known today as the Maytag repairman, so it’s
fitting that he played a repairman in the Twilight Zone episode with Buster
Keaton, “Once Upon a Time.” He also played Carol Burnett’s guardian angel in the
episode “Cavender is Coming.” I’m an angel.
I happen to be your angel. Don’t you worry about it. I daydream a lot myself. Miss Grep, wouldn’t you at
least like to see a little miracle? Eleanor Audley never appeared in the
Twilight Zone, though she can be heard. hers is one of those iconic, inimitable
voices which she lent to a number of Disney villains, including Maleficent.
When a young woman is stalked by a hitchhiker in the Twilight Zone, she
makes a desperate call, and the voice on the other end is Eleanor. Who’s this?
What number is this? It’s all been very sudden. Nan was killed just six days ago in an
automobile accident in Pennsylvania. A tire blew out and her
car turned over. One of the great legends of comedy rests
here at Mt. Sinai, Mr. Warmth, the king of insult comedy, Don Rickles. An odd fit
for the Twilight Zone? Hardly. One can find humor in even the
darkest of places, including the Twilight Zone. And Rickles worked his acerbic
charms on Burgess Meredith in “Mr. Dingle, the Strong.” Wait wait wait a minute, Dingle,
ain’t you ever heard of bygones being bygones? In the episode, “The Arrival,” a plane lands
with a few key elements missing, namely: pilots, crew, and passengers. Harold J
Stone plays Grant Sheckley, an FAA investigator who must unravel the
mystery of this unusual arrival. Gentlemen I have a theory. Unfortunately the only way
I can prove it or disprove it is going to put me in
considerable jeopardy. Any one of you ever hear of mass suggestion? So? I think that’s what we’re
dealing with now, a kind of hypnosis. There’s someone you’re forgetting. What did you say? I said, is there something I can get you? Oh. No, thank you, I’m fine. Say, what happened to that little boy that was bouncing
around here earlier? Boy? Yeah, uh, Jeremy. No little boys traveling in this car. In fact,
you’re the only one. Are you alright? Fine, just tired I guess. It’s getting late.
Why don’t you try and get some sleep? No, I’ve got to finish this. Now, where was I? San Fernando Mission, a Catholic cemetery
in the northern end of the San Fernando Valley. Even the man who was the voice of
Fred Flintstone could not avoid stumbling into the Twilight Zone. Henry Corden played Sanchez in the
episode, “The Gift,” in 1962. Unidentified aircraft, or something, crashed into the hills north of our village
late last night. Pat O’Malley was a prolific character
actor, and among his 400 screen credits are three turns in the Twilight Zone, in
the episodes “Static,” “Back There,” and “Walking Distance,” as old man Wilson. Mr. Wilson? Yep Charlie? We’re going to need some
more chocolate syrup, Mr. Wilson. I’ll order some more of it this
afternoon. Penny Singleton, who was buried here with
her sister June, played Blondie Bumstead on radio and in 28 motion pictures. Her
journey into the Twilight Zone is facilitated by a husband, played by John
McGiver, who’s enamored with loud noises and wartime sound scapes. And I respond,
Mr. Roswell G. Flemington, with the following nautical phrase, which I have
now taken to heart and will proceed to implement. The phrase is: lay aft, and dump
the garbage. So, in a manner of speaking, consider yourself dumped! Not even sunny
Santa Monica is beyond the reach of the Twilight Zone’s haze.
This is a Woodland Cemetery. Before Doug McClure played the cowboy Trampas’ in the Western series,
The Virginian, he stood toe-to-toe in a shootout with Mr. Denton on Doomsday. It
was high noon in the Twilight Zone. You Denton? That’s right. I hear you’re supposed to be fast. You got a good chance to find out. I aim to. Angelus Rosedale is one of the oldest cemeteries in the Los Angeles
area. Everett Sloane starred in Rod Serling’s breakout hit, the TV drama
Patterns, in 1955. Years later Serling brought Sloane into the Twilight
Zone, where he did battle with a one-armed bandit. Franklin. Did you say something? What? Did you call my name? Why no, dear. Mountain View boasts one of the most beautiful mausoleums around. In the courtyard outside the mausoleum is the crypt of Hugh Sanders.
You saw him in three episodes of The Twilight Zone: as Cronk in “Of Late I
Think of Cliffordville,” Templeton in “The Jungle,” and as Jerry Potter
in “Judgement Night.” I’ll tell you something: I’d rather they go after it’s one of those pocket
battleships. That you can see. Not a skulking, crummy tin fish
a couple of miles underwater. There’s one more. Last fall we spent some time exploring
the graveyards around New York City. there too we found a handful of stars from
The Twilight Zone, including Martin Landau. The actor, known for his role as
Rollin Hand on Mission: Impossible, starred in two episodes of The Twilight
Zone: “Mr. Denton on Doomsday,” and “The Jeopardy Room.” Listen to the following
quite carefully: this is the game and these are the rules. You have been asleep
for roughly three hours. During that time I have placed a booby trap in this room. Lois Nettleton, buried here at
St. Raymond’s in the Bronx, helped us appreciate a
functioning air conditioner in the episode, ‘The Midnight Sun,” where
the earth has fallen out of orbit and is steadily moving closer and closer to the
Sun. I keep getting this crazy thought. This crazy thought that I’m gonna wake
up and none of this will have happened. I’ll wake up in a cool bed. Kensico Cemetery is where we find
Howard Smith. The gruff character actor played one of
the head angels in “Cavinder is Coming,” and an overbearing boss, Mr. Misrell, who
drives his employee Gart Williams over the edge in “A Stop at Willoughby.” Push push push, Williams! Get with it, boy! Push push push, Williams! Finally, in the mausoleum at
Dayton Memorial in Montgomery Ohio, rest the mortal remains
of Agnes Moorehead. The Oscar-nominated actress who
played Endora on Bewitched, had a thunderous spell in The
Twilight Zone episode titled, “The Invaders.” Her performance all the more impressive in that she held us in suspense and horror
without uttering a single word. And that concludes our tour. What are some of your favorite
memories, etc, etc… And we are done! One more… One more… One more… One more… You forgot one, Arthur. Where are you? I swear, if you tell me I forgot
someone. Well, did you? Now…I… I don’t know. Maybe. There are so many, I… we’ve covered all the stars from
previous tours, I’m sure of it. Only people you’ve already visited? Maybe there are a few more that
we could get to that we’ve not yet profiled. Yes, you’re right. You’re right. If we head back to Woodlawn
we find an actor known for western roles, including Marshall Torrance in The
Rifleman. In the Twilight Zone, Paul Fix played a newspaper editor in a town
where, one day, the Sun just never rose. This is not the first gallows, Reverend,
nor the last. He won’t be the first unhappy man
died an early age. And we won’t be the last mourners on Earth, either. We find ourselves back again at Hillside Cemetery
in the court of Joshua. Here lies Shelley Berman. The legendary
actor and comedian played the misanthropic Archibald Beechcroft in the
episode “The Mind and the Matter.” Preying on you now, isn’t it? I mean the quiet,
the emptiness. Well, the thing of it is… it’s just that, while I don’t care much for people,
it’s difficult not having anyone. Valhalla cemetery is in North Hollywood. Do you remember the episode, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” where a neurotic William
Shatner is on a plane and apparently the only one able to see a gremlin on the
wing? A gremlin hell-bent on destroying the plane? The man in the furry gremlin
costume was Nick Cravat. Hurry! Hurry! Returning once again to
Westwood Village Memorial Park we find actor a Richard Basehart, who played Adam
Cook on The Twilight Zone, an explorer of space who finds himself stranded on a
distant planet… and also finds himself not alone. My name is Cook.
I come from another planet. I crash-landed here. I cracked
up my ship and the wingless spaceman no place to go and all the time
in the universe to get there. The Beth Olam Mausoleum is at
Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Joseph Schildkraut was an
Oscar-winning actor known for films like
the Diary of Anne Frank. He appeared twice in the Twilight Zone:
in “The Trade-ins,” and in “Deaths-Head Revisited,” were the ghosts of the Holocaust remind
us that we must never forget. You tried to kill everyone who was left.
In my case you succeeded. So I think it would be a waste of time,
Captain, wouldn’t it? A waste of your precious time
to murder me again. In the Twilight Zone,
sometimes it was the children who gave us the biggest chills, like young actress
Terry Burnham who played Markie in the episode, “Nightmare as a Child.” Do you remember now about Markie?
Do you, Helen? Yes, I remember. And the time you burnt your arm? The place is Carpinteria Cemetery
in Santa Barbara County. Introducing John Dehner,
a character actor seen not once but thrice in the Twilight Zone: as
Captain Allenby in “The Lonely,” Alan Richards in “The Jungle,” and the title
character in “Mr. Garrity and the Graves.” This is the kind of town that can
generally use me. Well what sort of services you supply? I bring back the dead. Ending back where we started
at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills we find the actor who appeared, by no
insignificant margin, in more episodes of The Twilight Zone than any other actor.
It’s not known exactly how many episodes Robert McCord appeared in since a good
number of his roles were uncredited background, but it’s more than 30, with
some estimates as high as 60 episodes. Among his few credited roles are as
serial killer Burke in season four’s “The New Exhibit,” and as the sheriff in “A
Hundred Yards Over the Rim.” There, done. Jeremy? No, I haven’t. No no no, stop it, there aren’t any more! Stop it! Stop it, enough! Enough there aren’t any more! Stop it! Stop it! Why are you doing this to me? You mustn’t forget anyone. That is everyone. It takes more than great actors to
make a TV show. Of course! The writers! It was the writing
that made the Twilight Zone so great. In fact one of the first things Rod Serling
did after the Twilight Zone was picked up was to recruit a number of talented
writers established in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. And the ever gracious
Serling wasn’t shy about sharing credit for the success of the show with them. To three writing gremlins named
Charles Beaumont, George Clayton Johnson, and Dick
Matheson, who do much of the writing on the cooky Twilight Zone, many thanks
fellows come over and we’ll carve it up like a turkey. Thank you so much! What Charles Beaumont
brought to the Twilight Zone was a sense of the morbid and
horrific, a darker tone than Serling. Beaumont was second only to Serling in
number of scripts – 22 in all. Episodes like “Perchance to Dream,”
“The Howling Man,” and “Living Doll.” His fascination with death may have stemmed
from a fear of his own – perhaps a haunting premonition of what
was occurring in his own mind. While working on the Twilight Zone Beaumont
began to suffer the effects of a neurodegenerative disease. In later
seasons it affected him so much he required a ghostwriter to finish his
scripts, including Jerry Sohl. The illness took his life at the age of 38 just a
few years after the Twilight Zone ended. George Clayton Johnson didn’t have the
same output as Serling, Beaumont, or even Richard Matheson. But he still had a
strong impact on the Twilight Zone with his more sentimental stories like
“Nothing in the Dark.” The Star Trek and Logan’s Run writer had seven of his
stories made into episodes of The Twilight Zone, including “The Four of Us
are Dying,” “A Game of Pool,” and “A Penny for Your Thoughts.” And it’s true they say: A legend doesn’t die because the man does. Ray Bradbury was perhaps the
most famous science fiction writer around when the Twilight
Zone was being made. And at the onset it was intended the Bradbury would have a
significant role in the show. In the end only one of his scripts was made, “I Sing
the Body Electric.” Still, the writings of Bradbury were a major influence on
Serling and he was also instrumental in getting Beaumont and Matheson connected
to the series. So even though only one Bradbury story was made, his influence
was felt throughout the Twilight Zone. Montgomery Pittman was not only a writer
on the Twilight Zone, but a director as well. He wrote and directed three
episodes: “The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank,” “Two,” and “The Grave.” He directed two
additional episodes, “Dead Man’s Shoes,” and the fan favorite, “Will the Real Martian
Please Stand Up.” Mr. Pittman now rests here
at Forest Lawn Hollywood. Ah, no no no, don’t. I know. One more. Make-up! You remember William Tuttle?
We found his niche and urn in the mausoleum at Woodlawn in Santa Monica. He was the principal
special effects makeup artist on the Twilight Zone. He’s the man who crafted some of the iconic creatures, aliens, and monsters in
the series, including the uglies in “Eye of the Beholder,” the masks the characters
we’re in “The Masks,” and the gremlin in
“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” And that
concludes our tour. I’m disappointed in you Arthur,
a self-proclaimed music-lover. You’ve forgotten one of the most iconic
aspects of the Twilight Zone. Yes. Of course! The music! That eerie, unsettling music,
setting the mood to perfection from the very first episode by
legendary composer Bernard Herrmann. We found Mr. Herrmann in
our travels of New York last year, at Beth David Cemetery. One of the truly
great film and television composers in Hollywood history, Herrmann is perhaps best
known for his collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock on films like Psycho, Vertigo,
and North by Northwest. Herman’s style was a perfect fit for the
Twilight Zone. He wrote the original opening theme
which played during the first season. There is a fifth dimension, beyond that
which is known to man. And his original scores for episodes like “Walking Distance,” “Eye of the Beholder,”
and “Little Girl Lost,” stand alongside
anything he did for the big screen. Just as The Twilight Zone had a rotating
cast of actors, so too did it have an array of the best composers working in
film and television contribute music to the show. Among them was Jerry Goldsmith. He’s known today for scores like Star Trek
and Poltergeist, but he also contributed some memorable music to the Twilight
Zone. He mainly contributed stock music throughout the series like some of the
jazzy motifs, but he also scored a handful of episodes, including “Back There.” But the most iconic piece of music, the
one instantly recognized and associated with the Twilight Zone… that dissonant
four note repeating guitar pattern… Did you know? It wasn’t even written for
the Twilight Zone. The music was a stock library piece, two pieces actually: Etrange #3,
and Milieu #2, written by avant-garde composer Marius
Constant. He had written the pieces for the CBS music library. They spliced
together the two pieces to create the iconic opening theme which was used from
season two on, heard at the beginning and end of each episode. You unlock this door
with the key of imagination. The music has since become synonymous with
anything unusual or unexplained. But for years Constant was unaware that his
music was even being used, and he derived no royalties from it, despite it being
today his best-known work. Marius Constant died in 2004
and is buried in Paris France at the Cimetiere Parisien d’Ivry. So that’s it! I finished the tour! No, Arthur, there is still one more. You forgot one. There’s one more, Arthur. There’s someone you’re forgetting. You forgot one, Arthur. – There’s one more!
– You forgot one, Arthur! What’s going on? Why we stopped? We’ve reached your final destination,
Mr. Dark. Excuse me. Where are we? I’m sorry could
you tell me where we are please? The next stop
is a popular YouTube personality. He made videos about famous graves. But now his is the grave tourists visit. His name was Arthur Dark. No, it can’t be. I’m right here Can’t you see me? Can’t you see me? I’m
right here! I’m right here! I’m right here! I’m right here! Can’t you see me? I’m right here!! Next we’re gonna head down the hallway to
one of the oldest parts of the mausoleum. I’m right… here. And that concludes our tour. Mr. Arthur Dark: once host, now a
permanent resident of… The Hollywood Graveyard. Welcome to Hollywood Graveyard.


  1. Sherrie Buck Author

    Serling?? Where is the T.. This really is the twilight zone.. So, do you think any of these graves or area around them are haunted? Links about this bizarre missing T.. and also there is no THE Twilight Zone.. now it is just Twilight Zone. (And we sure are living in "twilight zone" )

  2. Da Blonde Author

    You should definitely have your own show. Your videos are wonderfully done, very professional, and entertaining! And you have a marvelous voice as well.

  3. Linda Currie Author

    I was 8 years old and would watch Twilight Zone on Friday nights with my sister and older cousin who lived upstairs from Grandma's. Stories that have stuck with me all my life.

  4. Teatra Joseph Author

    Wow!!! This is GREAT! I'M a huge Twilight Zone fan so was my Mom when she was alive! I recently purchased the whole 156 episodes collection paid a little over $50.00 from Wal-Mart. Also One step beyond and Boris Karlof Thriller is good also; so is believe it or not fact or fiction! Well done! May God bless you!
    -Jesus loves ALL ✌

  5. Man of Action Author

    So… When are you taking this to prime time? This is awesome for what you have to work with…. damn near an ovation from everyone you visited here.

  6. Jerry Eaton Author

    man, I loved the tour, I was in the 7th grade when TZ premiered, we loved it, didn't miss an episode, thanks for the tour, you are very talented…….

  7. Suz Valentino Author

    This is a masterpiece, you have done a great tribute to Rod Serling. I was hoping to see Dan Duryea from the Mr. Denton episode, but I know you can't do all of them. Your editing was wonderful.

  8. Mortisha Styles Author

    The 1 twilight zone that hit me.About 63 a 12 year old girl was raised isolatedHer pare ts never said a word around her she only knew images.She was called a medium.She was witness to her parents murder it was a good story.I was 7 or 8 it really stuck with me.

  9. Mortisha Styles Author

    I have since a kid loved old graveyards with character.Each person as differant in life differant tombstone type head stones.The graveyards where i live suck.Just a brass plate flat on tbe ground everyone the same to drive a lawnmower over.

  10. Jaymi Batimana Author

    This is very good!! great production!!! Mr Rod Sterling will be soo proud to see this he s probably smiling down from heaven for this great tribute to his work!

  11. Phayzyre105 Author

    I just finished watching this and I’d like to say what you did here is Oscar worthy! This was superb and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Two thumbs way up: 👍👍

  12. NM AT Author

    I like that some of you young people like the older movies stars. Just like I did. As a teenager I just loved the old silent pictures/movies and I was born the "butt end" of the baby boomer generation, but I associated with the YUPPIEs of the 1980's
    And not just here lies so and so but a bit of history of who they were and what parts that others may know them from.
    Thanks Enjoyed.

  13. Aaron Kelly Author

    Very well done Arthur. Rod Sirling is one of my favorites thank you for giving him so much respect in this video, along with the stars of the episodes you did a very good job. Much respect to you! 👍🏻

  14. John NotGalt Author

    Penny Singleton is also famous for being the voice of Jane Jetson in both the original series, the '80 revival, and many Jetsons specials, commercials, and movies. Her gravestone doesn't appear to be finished in this clip, but she died in 2003. Thanks for making this!

  15. Goodie Gurl Author

    Rod Serlings' Twilight Zone was my favorite show growing up , and still my favorite now that I'm in my 60's!!! Nothing else will replace it , or even come close!! RIP Rod🙏🙏🙏🙏


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