Today, June 8th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrates the 1924 birth of actor Sheldon Allman, who played one of the alien scouts in "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street."
After a typical American neighborhood goes through stress, backbiting, suspicion, anarchy and chaos, it’s revealed that aliens, indeed, are behind it – aliens who understand how to take down Earth from the inside out. Allman's appearance was brief but critical to the impact of one of the Zone's best episodes.
It's such a serious bit, it's kind of funny to realize that this is the same actor who co-composed the cartoon theme songs for George of the Jungle and Superchicken. And, to top it off, he voiced the theme song of Mister Ed ("A horse is a horse, of course, of course…"). Allman (1924-2002) was also in a number of popular western films such as The Sons of Katie Elder and Nevada Smith and nearly every major western TV series of the day.
So let's raise a short shot to Allman, the suspicious, naïve, selfish citizens of Maple Street and another life lesson, well instructed from the pulpit of ultimate wisdom: The Twilight Zone.