The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A World of Difference 

A businessman sitting in his office inexplicably finds that he is on a production set and in a world where he is a movie star. Uninterested in the newfound fame, he fights to get back to his home and family.


Ted Post




Episode complete credited cast:
Howard Duff ... Arthur Curtis / Gerry Raigan
David White ... Brinkley
Frank Maxwell ... Marty Fisher
Eileen Ryan ... Nora Raigan
Gail Kobe ... Sally
Peter Walker ... Sam
Susan Dorn ... Marion Curtis
Bill Idelson ... Kelly (as William Idelson)


Arthur Curtis is sitting his office chatting with secretary about plans for his daughter's birthday party and that he and his wife will be flying off for a couple of days of rest and relaxation. Suddenly he hears someone yell "cut" and he realizes he on a movie sound stage. He can't understand what has happened to him. Everyone refers to him as Gerry Reagan, but he insists that he is Arthur Curtis. He runs off but can't find any of the familiar landmarks he knows such as his house or his place of work. He is desperate to return to the world of Arthur Curtis but that window of opportunity may be closing on him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

11 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Gerry's ex-wife demands he give her a check, she spells out the last name as "Raigan". This isn't the expected way to spell it, which may have been deliberate, so as to not associate the character with Ronald Reagan, who was at the time the President of the Screen Actors Guild. See more »


When Arthur/Gerry is trying to make the first phone call, right before he dials the third number, the shadow of the fake wall can be seen sliding. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [Opening Narration] You're looking at a tableau of reality, things of substance, of physical material: a desk, a window, a light. These things exist and have dimension. Now this is Arthur Curtis, age thirty-six, who also is real. He has flesh and blood, muscle and mind. But in just a moment we will see how thin a line separates that which we assume to be real with that manufactured inside of a mind.
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All Life is a Stage
29 July 2006 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Man finds his role in a play more real than his life as an actor. 6

Who is Howard Duff? Is he the actor in the play Gerry Reagan, or is he the character in the play Arthur Curtis? He thinks he's Curtis; but the production crew says he's Reagan, and what's worse, he's gone bonkers. Talk about an actor losing himself in a part! Clearly, he's better off as Curtis, without Reagan's shrewish wife who's going to nail him for everything he's got, (Eileen Ryan in a role that's got to give every married man the terminal shudders).

Concept is more interesting than eerie or frightening, especially when Ryan is the scariest part of the episode. Probably, the most interesting feature is the behind-the-scenes look at a sound stage during a movie shoot. I expect many of the technicians and stage hands are actual members of the crew. It's amusing to watch one of them walk across the set and cast a shadow across the Los Angeles skyline! All in all, an entertaining half-hour, but nothing special.

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