Entering 13 Hours of 'The Twilight Zone'

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Viewers of KTLA's semiannual The Twilight Zone marathon will find much to keep them chained to their sets during 13 hours-22 episodes-of the series that begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Classic "Twilight Zone" irony is dished out in: "To Serve Man" (7:30 p...), in which aliens want to do more than just chew the fat with earthlings; "I Shot an Arrow Into the Air" (4:30 p.m.) about the desperation of a trio of lost astronauts, and "People Are Alike All Over" (noon), with a title that proves all too accurate.

Evil lives in: "It's a Good Life" (7 p.m.), starring cute little Billy Mumy as an unholy terror; "The Howling Man" (1 p.m.), whom good people have a devil of a time trying to keep locked up, and "He's Alive" (2 p.m.), with Dennis Hopper as a neo-Nazi.

A step into the future provides answers to a World War I coward who gets a second chance in "The Last Flight" (1:30 p.m.) and a 19th-century man heading West in "A Hundred Yards Over the Rim" (10 a.m.).

Soul-selling has unfortunate consequences for "Jess-Belle" (9 p.m.), a woman who makes a deal with a witch to win a man, and a newspaperman who hires a "Printer's Devil" (Burgess Meredith, 8 p.m.).

Other typically heavy episodes are "The Purple Testament" (10:30 a.m.), a moving story of an Army lieutenant with a rare gift of sight, and "The Masks" (6 p.m.), about a group of unenviable heirs.

The marathon lightens up with "Mr. Dingle, the Strong" (5 p.m.), starring Burgess Meredith again as a loser who gets a chance to be a big shot.

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