The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? 

Following a frantic phone call about a crashed spaceship, two policeman try and determine who among the passengers of a bus at a snowed-in roadside diner is from another world.


Montgomery Pittman


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
John Hoyt ... Ross
Jean Willes ... Ethel McConnell
Jack Elam ... Avery
Barney Phillips ... Haley the Bartender
John Archer ... Trooper Bill Padgett
William Kendis ... Olmstead (as Bill Kendis)
Morgan Jones ... Trooper Dan Perry
Gertrude Flynn ... Rose Kramer
Bill Erwin ... Peter Kramer
Jill Ellis ... Connie Prince
Ron Kipling ... George Prince


After an anonymous phone call about a spacecraft that crashed in a frozen wood, two police officers find evidence that the event really happened. Apparently one alien had walked away from the spot. They drive to the nearby highway Café and they find a bus with seven passengers waiting for the reopening of a snowed in bridge. However the driver says that he had only six passengers when he parked the bus. While interrogating the travelers, weird things happen in the diner, with the lights switching on and off and the turntable turning on and off. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

26 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first draft was entitled "Night of the Big Rain," the second was called "Nobody Here But Us Martians". See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Avery: Didn't figure us Martians would know nothin' about the great American pastime, did ya?
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Spoofed in Rick and Morty: Total Rickall (2015) See more »

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Who's Messing With My Jukebox
10 June 2006 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Nifty little episode played mainly for laughs, but with clever dollop of suspense. Somehow a Martian has snuck aboard a broken-down bus on its way to nowhere, but which passenger is it, (talk about your illegal immigrants!). All-star supporting cast, from wild-eyed Jack Elam (hamming it up shamelessly), to sexy Jean Willes (if she's the Martian, then I say let's open the borders!), to cruel-faced John Hoyt (the most obvious suspect), along with familiar faces John Archer and Barney Phillips (and a nice turn from Bill Kendis as the bus driver). Makes for a very entertaining half-hour even if the action is confined to a single set.

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