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The Twilight Zone: Jess-Belle

Jess-Belle enlists the help of a local witch to cast a spell on Billy-Ben Turner to fall in love with her and forget his fiancé Ellwynn. But the spell does have a drawback that strikes at midnight.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x7
Production Number: 4855
Airdate: Thursday February 14th, 1963

Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: Earl Hamner, Jr.


  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Anne FrancisAnne Francis
As Jess-Belle
Recurring
George MitchellGeorge Mitchell
As Luther Glover
Recurring
James BestJames Best
As Billy-Ben Turner
Recurring
Jeanette NolanJeanette Nolan
As Granny Hart
Recurring
Jim BolesJim Boles
As Obed Miller
Recurring
Jon LormerJon Lormer
As Minister
Recurring
Virginia GreggVirginia Gregg
As Ossie Stone
Recurring
Helen KleebHelen Kleeb
As Mattie Glover
Laura DevonLaura Devon
As Ellwyn Glover
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Jess-Belle is determined that Billy-Ben Turner and Ellwyn Glover not marry. She enlists the aid of a local witch who casts a spell that makes Billy-Bob completely forget Ellwyn, and fall madly in love with Jess-Belle. The price paid by Jess-Belle shows up at midnight when she turns into a leopard until dawn. A hunting party sees the leopard and shoots it, and it disappears in a cloud of smoke. A year later, Billy-Bob again is set to marry Ellwyn, but Jess-Belle reappears. Billy-Bob learns from the witch that to kill Jess-Belle he must stab one of her dresses with a silver object. He returns home to find Ellwyn possessed by Jess-Belle. He grabs one of her dresses and stabs it. Jess-Belle appears in that dress then disapears for good...

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Episode Notes
This episode has no closing narration.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: The Twilight Zone has existed in many lands, in many times. It has its roots in history, in something that happened long, long ago and got told about and handed down from one generation of folk to the other. In the telling the story gets added to and embroidered on, so that what might have happened in the time of the Druids is told as if it took place yesterday in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Such stories are best told by an elderly grandfather on a cold winter's night by the fireside--in the southern hills of the Twilight Zone.

Poem spoken at the end:
Fair was Elly Glover,
Dark was Jess-Belle,
Both they loved the same man,
And both they loved him well.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerHerbert Hirschman
Associate ProducerMurray Golden
MusicVan Cleave
Set DesignerHenry Grace
Set DecoratorDon Greenwood, Jr.
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Edward C. Carfagno
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorJoe Edmondson  |  Franklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Film EditorEdward Curtiss
Assistant DirectorJohn D. Bloss
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
 
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