Child's Play

Written by Robert Dozier
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Starring Frank Overton, Bethel Leslie, and Tommy Nolan
Originally aired on September 20, 1960

A neglected child with an overactive imagination loses touch with reality and subsequently endangers the lives of his parents and a stranger.

A few years after the original airing of this episode, lead player Frank Overton turned in a notable performance as an American Air Force general in the cold-war film Fail-Safe (1964), which also starred Hollywood greats Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, Walter Matthau, and Larry Hagman. Sci-fi fans might also recognize Overton from his later role as Elias Sandoval, leader of a bucolic dystopia, in the classic Star Trek episode "This Side of Paradise."

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