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The Twilight Zone: Passage on the Lady Anne

A couple intent on saving their marriage, go aboard a cruise ship filled with old couples and an ageless secret.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x17
Production Number: 4869
Airdate: Thursday May 09th, 1963



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Guest Stars
Cecil Kellaway
As Burgess
Recurring
Cyril Delevanti
As Officer
Recurring
Don Keefer
As Spiereto
Recurring
Gladys Cooper
As Mrs. McKenzie
Recurring
Lee Philips
As Allan Ransome
Recurring
Alan Napier
As Captain Prothero
Joyce Van Patten
As Eileen Ransome
Main Cast
Rod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Allan and Eileen Ransome are going on a honeymoon cruise, not to start their lives together, but to keep their marriage from ending. After six years it seems as if a divorce is awaiting them. The go aboard the Lady Anne cruise ship and meet up with the other passengers. Eileen disappears, and once he finds her, she is now wearing a nightgown worn by another passenger on her honeymoon. See how lovely she looks, he remembers just how much he really loves her. They are forced into a lifeboat loaded with provisions and set adrift. The Lady Anne sails away. ..

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Episode Notes
Alan Napier is best known as Alfred on the TV series Batman.

Joyce Van Patten starred as mother-in-law Maureen on the TV series Unhappily Ever After.

Cecil Kellaway is also in "Elegy."

Cyril Delevanti was also in "A Penny For Your Thoughts," "The Silence" and "A Piano in the House."

Don Keefer is also in "It's a Good Life" and "From Agnes - With Love."

Gladys Cooper was also in "Nothing in the Dark" and "Night Call."

This episode is based on the short story "Song For a Lady" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in Beaumont's collection Night Ride and Other Journeys.



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator:
Portrait of a honeymoon couple getting ready for a journey - with a difference. These newlyweds have been married for six years, and they're not taking this honeymoon to start their life but rather to save it, or so Eileen Ransome thinks. She doesn't know why she insisted on a ship for this voyage, except that it would give them some time and shed never been on one before - certainly never one like the Lady Anne. The tickets read 'New York to Southampton' but this old liner is going somewheres else. Its destination...the Twilight Zone.

Millie McKenzie: Love has its own particular point of view. It sees everything larger than life. Nothing is too ornate, too fanciful, too dramatic. Love demands the theatrical, and then transfigures it. It turns the grotesque into the lovely, as a child does. With it, we can see what we wish to see in other people. Without it, we can't see anything at all. We can search forever, and never find.

Closing Narration
Narrator:
The Lady Anne never reached port. After they were picked up by a cutter a few hours later, as Captain Protheroe had promised, the Ransome's searched the newspaper for news - but there wasn't any news. The Lady Anne with all her crew and all her passengers vanished without a trace. But the Ransome's knew what had happened, they knew that the ship had sailed off to a better port - a place called the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
MusicRene Garriguenc  |  Lud Gluskin
Set DecoratorFrank R. McKelvy  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyRobert Pittack
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Paul Groesse
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorJoe Edmondson  |  Franklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Film EditorEverett Dodd
Assistant DirectorRay DeCamp
Assistant To The DirectorJohn Conwell
 
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 4 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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