|Agnes Moorehead meets the Invaders|
Season Two, Episode 51
Original airdate: January 27, 1961
Woman: Agnes Moorehead
Astronaut Voice: Douglas Heyes (uncredited)
Writer: Richard Matheson (original teleplay)
Director: Douglas Heyes
Producer: Buck Houghton
Associate Producer: Del Reisman
Production Manager: Darrell Hallenbeck
Director of Photography: George T. Clemens
Art Direction: George W. Davis and Philip Barber
Set Decoration: Henry Grace and H. Web Arrowsmith
Assistant Director: Lindsley Parsons, Jr.
Casting: Ethel Winant
Editor: Leon Barsha
Sound: Franklin Milton and Charles Scheid
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Rod Serling’s Promo:
“Next week we bring you a show called ‘The Invaders’ written by Mr. Richard Matheson and in this room you’ll watch Ms. Agnes Moorehead in a tension-riddled attempt at escape…from a pair of very improbable housebreakers. This one we recommend to science fiction buffs, fantasy lovers, or to anyone to grip the edge of his seat and take a twenty-four minute trip into the realm of terror.”
“Rod Serling’s Closing Narration”
“These are the invaders: the tiny beings from the tiny place called Earth, who would take the giant step across the sky to the question marks that sparkle and beckon from the vastness of the universe only to be imagined. The invaders, who found out that a one-way ticket to the stars beyond has the ultimate price tag. And we have just seen it entered into a ledger that covers all the transactions of the universe, a bill stamped ‘paid in full,’ and to be found on file…in the Twilight Zone.”
The rest of the monologue continues in a similar manner with Serling describing both the woman and the house in an unflattering fashion. When Matheson first began writing for the show he didn’t attach an introductory or closing monologue to any of his scripts believing that Serling preferred to write the monologues himself. But he found out later that this was not the case and began to write them himself. It can be assumed that by this point Matheson had begun scripting his own monologues, for this example in particular resembles Matheson's prose style even though it was written specifically to be spoken by Rod Serling. Its effectiveness lies in not only what is being described but the way in which the words are strung together. Its terse delivery and harsh language immediately grab the viewer’s attention and lunge them into the world of this strange woman.
-Agnes Moorehead also appeared in two episodes of Rod Serling's Night Gallery, "Certain Shadows on the Wall," scripted by Serling from a story by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, and "Witches' Feast."
-Director Douglas Heyes was considered by producer Buck Houghton to be the go-to director for technically challenging episodes. Heyes acquired this reputation first by how well he handled the first season episode "The After Hours." Heyes would also helm such technically challenging episodes as "The Howling Man" and "The Eye of the Beholder." Heyes wrote and directed the first segment of the series Rod Serling's Night Gallery, "The Dead Man" (based on the story by Fritz Leiber). He wrote two additional segments, "The Housekeeper" and "Brenda" (based on the story by Margaret St. Clair) under the pseudonym Matthew Howard.
-"The Invaders" was adapted into a Twilight Zone Radio Drama by Dennis Etchison, starring Kathy Garver.