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The Twilight Zone: A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain

A wealthy old man mocked by his young, money-hungry wife begs to receive an experimental youth serum from his brother/doctor.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x11
Production Number: 2614
Airdate: Friday December 13th, 1963

Director: Bernard Girard
Writer: Rod Serling
Story: Lou Holz

Guest Stars
Walter BrookeWalter Brooke
As Dr. Raymond Gordon
Patrick OPatrick O'Neal
As Harmon Gordon
Ruta LeeRuta Lee
As Flora Gordon
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Harmon Gordon has been trying to keep up with his younger wife for awhile now. She is fed up with him and goes out for a night on the town by herself. He phones his brother, Dr. Raymond Gordon, and begs him to inject an untested youth serum into him. The results are remarkable. Even his wife is impressed. But soon all goes wrong, as he becomes ill. Raymond blames Harmon's wife for all that has happened, making him feel he needed to become younger just to satisfy her wants. He tells her that she now has gotten what she deserves, Harmon has been transformed into an infant. He warns her not to try leave him or ever give up taking care of him. She can now leave with the clothes she has on her back or care for him till he's an adult...

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Episode Notes
Walter Brooke is also in "The Jungle."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Picture of an aging man who leads his life as, Thoreau said, ‘in quiet desperation.' Because Harmon Gordon is enslaved by a love affair with a wife forty years his junior. Because of this, he runs when he should walk. He surrenders when simple pride dictates a stand. He pines away for the lost morning of his life when he should be enjoying the evening. In short, Mr. Harmon Gordon seeks a fountain of youth, and who's to say he won't find it? This happens to be the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator: It happens to be a fact: as one gets older, one does get wiser. If you don't believe it, ask Flora. Ask her any day of the ensuing weeks of her life, as she takes note during the coming years and realizes that the worm has turned: youth has take over. It simply the way the calendar the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBert Granet
EditorThomas Scott (2)
CastingPatricia Rose
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Robert R. Benton
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Walter Holscher
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorCharles Bonniwell
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