The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Season
5
Episode
11

A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain (13 Dec. 1963)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror


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An aging married man convinces his brother to inject him with a youth serum.


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17 May 2014 | dougdoepke
Sub-Par
Elderly man married to vicious, gold-digging wife gets his wish with surprising results.

Opening sequence is unusual for the series since it emphasizes raw sexuality of Ruta Lee as she torments aged husband Patrick O'Neal. I can't help thinking episode would work better had they used a real elderly man instead of the poorly made-up O'Neal. His youthfulness is so apparent under the pancake, that you know what's going to happen. Then too, Lee's trashy wife is so venomous and one-dimensional that their relationship strains believability. Just as damaging is Walter Brooke, as the concerned brother, who comes up with such a commanding performance, he overpowers everything else, including the final moments. At best, this is an average entry, without either atmosphere or suspense, and with an ending more amusing than gratifying.

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