The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Four O'Clock 

A very obsessed man wants to expose evil in the world, investigating people he sees as murderers, subversives, perverts and communists, then attempting to ruin their lives.


Lamont Johnson


Rod Serling (teleplay by), Price Day (based on a short story by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Theodore Bikel ... Oliver Crangle
Phyllis Love Phyllis Love ... Mrs. Lucas
Linden Chiles ... Hall
Moyna MacGill ... Mrs. Williams


Oliver Crangle seems to like making other people miserable. He phones a young man's employer to say that the man is a communist. He phone a school board to tell them a teacher is acting inappropriately with his students. He has a long list of people that he wants to tell on. He even arranges a meeting with an FBI agent and tells him that at 4 p.m. all of the nasty people in the world will undergo a transformation. The agent suggests he seek psychiatric treatment but it turns out he's right. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

6 April 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The books that Oliver Crangle randomly picks up and pretends to carefully read while avoiding Mrs. Lucas' questions are the September 1961 edition of the Official Airline Guide (OAG) North American flight guide, and US Army Technical Manual TM 9-372, which describes the M2 90mm anti-aircraft cannon. See more »


Oliver Crangle's eyesight is obviously very poor, as he has to get very close to written documents, in spite of wearing very thick glasses. Yet, he has no issues seeing objects with his glasses off. He sees his clock from a fair distance as well as the pull on his blind, and multiple times reaching for the bird's food with no groping around at all. This only goes to show that Mr Crangle is extremely far-sighted. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: That's Oliver Crangle, a dealer in petulance and poison. He's rather arbitrarily chosen four o'clock as his personal Gotterdammerung, and we are about to watch the metamorphosis of a twisted fanatic, poisoned by the gangrene of prejudice, to the status of avenging angel, upright and omniscient, dedicated and fearsome. Whatever your clocks say, it's four o'clock - and wherever you are, it happens to be the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Sinking into oblivion
12 June 2019 | by sscalSee all my reviews

While the writing is heavy-handed and rather preachy, Bikel,s performance is superb insofar as you can watch him - in 20 minutes or so - sink believably into total paranoia. A good example of why one should always question the motives and mental health of a finger-pointer.

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