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The Twilight Zone: The Bewitchin' Pool

Two children escape their bickering parents by wandering into a world of happiness from the bottom of the swimming pool.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x36
Production Number: 2619
Airdate: Friday June 19th, 1964

Guest Stars
Harold GouldHarold Gould
As Radio Announcer
Dee HartfordDee Hartford
As Gloria
Kim HectorKim Hector
As Whitt
Mary BadhamMary Badham
As Sport
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


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...

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Episode Notes
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.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
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.

Closing Narration
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.

Episode Goofs
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.

Other Episode Crew

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