Person or Persons Unknown

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"Person or Persons Unknown"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 27
Directed byJohn Brahm
Written byCharles Beaumont
Featured musicStock
Production code4829
Original air dateMarch 23, 1962
Guest appearance(s)

Richard Long: David Gurney
Frank Silvera: Doctor Koslenko
Shirley Ballard: Wilma #1
Julie van Zandt: Wilma #2
Betty Harford: Woman Clerk
Edmund Glover: Sam Baker
Michael Keep: Policeman
Joe Higgins: Bank Guard
John Newton: Mr. Cooper
Robert McCord: Man on Steps Eating Apple
John Brahm: "Winston Churchill"

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"Person or Persons Unknown" is episode 92 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Opening narration[edit]


David Gurney wakes up from a night of wild partying to find that nobody recognizes him, and all evidence of his identity had disappeared, his wife, friends, co-workers, and mother all deny knowing him. He is placed in an insane asylum, where his doctor, Koslenko, tells him that David Gurney doesn't exist, and is only a delusional construct. Gurney deems this impossible since he has extensive memories of his life and the people he knows, and becomes convinced that someone wants to blot him out, he jumps through the window of the asylum, steals a van, and goes searching for evidence of his identity. He finds a photograph of him holding his wife, and says that the photo and its date disprove his wife's claim that she never saw him before. However, when the police arrive with the psychiatrist, the picture has somehow changed and portrays Gurney alone, inexplicably grasping thin air, he throws himself to the ground and wakes up in his bed. The whole adventure was a bad dream, his wife gets up from the bed and talks to him from the bathroom, where she removes cream from her face. When she emerges, Gurney is horrified to discover that, even though she acts and talks the same way, his wife does not look at all like the wife he knows.

Closing narration[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Zicree, Marc Scott. The Twilight Zone Companion, Bantam Books, 1982. ISBN 0-553-01416-1
  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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