January 3 in Twilight Zone History: Celebrating the 1964 premiere of 'You Drive'

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Jan 3, 2018

Today, January 3, This Day in Twilight Zone History celebrates the 1964 premiere of "You Drive." TV veteran Edward Andrews, a top comic actor going strictly dramatic here, portrayed Oliver Pope, an office manager under pressure who while failing to concentrate on the roadway accidentally runs down and kills a paperboy (Michael Gorfain).

If Oliver Pope (Edward Andrews) had kept his eyes on the road, "You Drive" would have never made it out of Earl Hamner Jr.'s typewriter. 

Now, an honorable citizen would wait for the police to arrive, but Oliver isn’t in the least bit honorable, so he flees the scene. He returns home to his wife, Lillian (Helen Westcott), and that’s when unusual things begin to happen with his car. It seems the car has the conscience that Oliver Pope discarded.

Guilty hit-and-run driver Oliver Pope (Edward Andrews) has a car with a conscience, which is more than we can say about Oliver in "You Drive."

"You Drive" is one of the very few TZ episodes to venture off the MGM lot to film. In this case, director John Brahm took his crew to Culver City and filmed on actual city streets. If you want to see where the accident took place, you can visit 10400 Braddock Drive, the location of Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park (formally Victory Park).

Edward Andrews previously portrayed the sinister Carling, the snooping bureaucrat in "Third From the Sun." Baby boomers remember him from a number of Disney films of the 1960s, in which he brought his comic chops (The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber).

So here's to safe, non-distracted driving for all – hopefully in a world closer to home than The Twilight Zone.