While this episode uses one of the most famous twist endings ever (if you’ve ever seen Carnival of Souls or even The Sixth Sense, you probably know what it is), it’s hard not to be creeped out by the titular character’s unrelenting nature. No matter how far Nan Adams drives, he’s always there, by the side of the road, looking for a ride. Staged twice before as a radio play in the 1940s (both times starring Orson Welles), the episode also benefits from the use of the radio production’s original music by Bernard Herrmann, most famous for his scores for Citizen Kane, Psycho and Taxi Driver.
Too bad the pic above is NOT Billy Mumy, who played Anthony Fremont in the episode. It's a pic of Ron Howard. Dolts.
@DenisJones The picture for "It's a Good Life" IS of Billy Mumy. That picture is taken from the scene where he is in the front yard creating his "monster." That picture is widely circulated in connection with this episode. Look in the mirror before calling people dolts.