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Two children escape their bickering parents by wandering into a world of happiness from the bottom of the swimming pool.
Friday June 19th, 1964
Jeb and Sport follow a young boy into their swimming pool. They emerge in a paradise of happy children, presided over by Aunt T, a loving old lady. She explains this is a haven for children who's parents don't love them. Sport objects, saying their parents do love them. Believing there arrival was a mistake, she sends them back home. When they arrive, their parents tell them they are getting a divorce, and they must choose which parent to live with. Rather than choose, they dive back in the pool and return to Aunt T forever...Read the full recap
Harold Gould was also in "Probe 7 - Over and Out."
Dee Hartford first movie role was in A Girl In Every Port, a Groucho Marx vehicle. Her sister would later marry Groucho. This may have led to Dee's appearance in a number of Irwin Allen TV shows, in which Groucho invested heavily in.
Mary Badham had previously been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as 'Scout' in To Kill A Mockingbird.
Narrator: A swimming pool not unlike any other pool, a structure built of tile and cement and money, a backyard toy for the affluent, wet entertainment for the well-to-do. But to Jeb and Sport Sharewood, this pool holds mysteries not dreamed of by the building contractor, not guaranteed in any sales brochure. For this pool has a secret exit that leads to a never-never land, a place designed for junior citizens who need a long voyage away from reality, into the bottomless regions of the Twilight Zone.
Narrator: A brief epilogue for concerned parents. Of course, there isn't any such place as the gingerbread house of Aunt T, and we grownups know there's no door at the bottom of a swimming pool that leads to a secret place. But who can say how real the fantasy world of lonely children can become? For Jeb and Sport Sharewood, the need for love turned fantasy into reality; they found a secret place--in the Twilight Zone.
The scenes at the pool had to be re-dubbed due to noise on the MGM set. But Mary Badham was unavailable, and famous voice actress June Foray took on the part.