The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Judgment Night 

It's 1942, and a man finds himself on a ship in the Atlantic, not knowing who he is, nor how he got there. He does know the ship will soon be attacked by a German U-boat.


John Brahm


Rod Serling




Episode complete credited cast:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Nehemiah Persoff ... Carl Lanser
Deirdre Owens Deirdre Owens ... Barbara Stanley (as Deirdre Owen)
Patrick Macnee ... First Officer McLeod
Ben Wright ... Captain Wilbur
Leslie Bradley ... Major Devereaux
Kendrick Huxham ... Bartender
Hugh Sanders ... Jerry Potter
Richard Peel ... 1st Steward
Donald Journeaux Donald Journeaux ... 2nd Steward
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Engineer
James Franciscus ... Lt. Mueller


During World War II, a confused Carl Lancer finds himself as one of only a few passengers on a freighter, the S.S. Queen of Glasgow, traveling from London to New York. As he sits with other passengers, he begins to realize that he is the captain of a U-Boat that is at that very moment tracking the freighter with a view to sinking it. He also knows that in just over an hour the freighter will be attacked. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

4 December 1959 (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?


In 1959 Ben Wright was also in the MGM film "The Wreck of the Mary Deare", the sets from which were used to represent the Queen of Glasgow in this episode. See more »


Lt. Mueller's German accent drifts in and out constantly. See more »


Rod Serling - Narrator: [opening narration] Her name is the S.S. Queen of Glasgow. Her registry: British. Gross tonnage: Five thousand. Age: Indeterminate. At this moment, she's one day out of Liverpool, her destination: New York. Duly recorded on this ship's log is the sailing time, course to destination, weather conditions, temperature, longitude and latitude. But what is never recorded in a log is the fear that washes over a deck like fog and ocean spray. Fear like the throbbing strokes of engine pistons, each like ...
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Forever and Ever Repeated
26 September 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is an archetypal plot. The idea that those who commit horrible acts are punished by being made to live through them for eternity. This has the often used Twilight Zone character who finds himself in a place he can't explain. He knows he has a connection, but he can't figure it out. He is treated with kindness and is, himself, in many ways, kind. But as a commander for the Third Reich he is everything evil. I can think of at least two other episodes (there may be more) where a character finds himself switching locations, the hunter becomes the hunted. This episode is rather bleak and slow moving. The Nazi self is assured and pompous. However, he is made to see what he has done over and over, and the question of God delivered by James Franciscus is what it's all about. Serling placed numerous characters in their own personal hell. This is another. It is well acted and intense, but it doesn't have quite the spark that some others did.

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