I watched A Game of Pool, Steel, and Walking Distance last night. And then I watched Walking Distance again with my children tonight as I knew they would love that one. What a wonderful episode. I loved the music, and while watching it I thought that the compositional style sounded a lot like my favorite composer of film music (Bernard Herrmann). It had the characteristic string work and harmonic vocabulary that I am so fond of in his music. So I was pleased when I found out that he did in fact write the music I was hearing in the episode.
There are some interesting moments during the last third or so of Walking Distance when Martin Sloan (Gig Young) is approaching a merry-go-round. The camera work was compelling in that there was a severe tilt (in both directions) as Martin sees himself (as an eleven year-old boy) get injured running away from himself. (He then feels this injury as his adult self as well and we learn that this is how he got the limp he now has as an adult.) I don't think I've seen such a pronounced tilt since some episodes of Batman.
Other moments from the episode that are enchanting are the soda fountain (in both 1934 and 1959), the rock 'n roll we hear as we find ourselves back in the present day, and the moment adult Martin realizes what has happened when a young boy tells him that he has a brand new 1934 automobile (out of Detroit). It was neat too seeing a very young Ron Howard as the little boy playing marbles.
Why is at after 50+ years that you can pop in the Twilight Zone and still be floored with the episodes. Very few shows hold to very long periods of time like Twilight Show. The only other show that has the same interest to me after nearly 50 years is Star Trek!!