The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Long Distance Call 

A toy telephone becomes the link between a young boy and his dead grandmother.


James Sheldon


Charles Beaumont, Bill Idelson (as William Idelson) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Philip Abbott ... Chris Bayles
Lili Darvas ... Grandma Bayles
Patricia Smith ... Sylvia Bayles
Bill Mumy ... Billy Bayles (as Billy Mumy)
Jenny Maxwell ... Shirley (The Baby Sitter)
Reid Hammond Reid Hammond ... Mr. Peterson
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... The Doctor
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... The Fireman


Billy Bayles loves his Grandma Bayles and likes the present she's given him, a toy telephone which she says will allow them to communicate forever. Grandma Bayles is ill however and soon dies but Billy claims he can speak to her on their special telephone. When he tells his parents that she wants him to join her, wherever she's gone to, they pay no mind. When he throws himself in front of their neighbor's car however, it all gets deadly serious. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

31 March 1961 (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?


This is the first episode that Rod Serling did not write or produce. As such, he received only a "created by" credit. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: A toy telephone, an act of faith, a set of improbable circumstances, all combine to probe a mystery, to fathom a depth, to send a facet of light into a dark after-region, to be believed or disbelieved, depending on your frame of reference. A fact or a fantasy, a substance or a shadow - but all of it very much a part of The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Supernatural: Long Distance Call (2008) See more »

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What about love?
8 April 2018 | by l-perez-dancerSee all my reviews

As a child, I was very close to my grandmother, so after watching this episode I must ask what loving grandmother would try to seduce her grandson child to commit suicide? Really???

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