Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 11

A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain (13 Dec. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain (original title)

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



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Episode complete credited cast:
Harmon Gordon
Flora Gordon
Walter Brooke ...
Dr. Raymond Gordon


Harmon Gordon is now quite elderly but is married to Flora, an attractive woman some 40 years younger than him. She's something of a gold digger and is now quite bored with her marriage. Harmon turns to his younger brother Raymond, a medical doctor who has been experimenting with cellular regeneration. Raymond's experiments to date have been on lab animals and he's reluctant to help Harmon as he has no idea what effect his youth serum might have on him. In the end, he administers his serum and by the next day Harmon is a new man, so to speak. Written by garykmcd

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13 December 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Until episodes became available on VHS and DVD, this was one of four "lost" episodes of Twilight Zone (1959) that were not included with syndication packages during the 1960s through the 1980s. The other three were Twilight Zone: Miniature (1963), Twilight Zone: Sounds and Silences (1964), and Twilight Zone: The Encounter (1964). This episode, "Miniature," and "Sounds and Silences" were excluded from the package because of lawsuits that had been filed claiming those episodes were plagiarized. "The Encounter" had drawn complaints of anti-Japanese prejudice and epithets expressed by one of the characters. The episodes were finally re-released for broadcast television in a 1983 special hosted by Patrick O'Neal, the lead actor of "Fountain". See more »


Flora's cigarette constantly changes lengths throughout the beginning of the episode. See more »


Dr. Raymond Gordon: I wonder if she has any idea what she's done, even one slight, little suspicion. But I promise you, that if you don't survive or if you're damaged in any way, I'm gonna take it out of her skin, piece by piece. She's gonna donate a pint of blood for every pint that she's bled out of you. That's not a medical hypthesis, that's a promise.
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References Dr. Kildare (1961) See more »

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Predictable but well worth seeing.
10 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Perhaps I just have had a lot of bad luck and bad timing, but I never saw this episode until today--and that's odd, as I thought I'd seen them all and watched the re-runs again and again over the years. I wonder if others have also noticed this.

Patrick O'Neal stars as a sad old rich guy who has married a beautiful young harpy. His "beloved wife" (Ruta Lee) deeply regrets marrying an old man and never hesitates to rub his age in his face. She's simply a horrible woman and yet he still loves her and wants to please her. In desperation, he takes an experimental medical formula to make him younger. Do things work out for him? Well, remember it IS "The Twilight Zone"! I found this show a bit predictable, as I quickly guessed what would happen once O'Neal took the formula. Still, it was well-acted and enjoyable, so this telegraphing can be forgiven. Worth seeing...and with a well-deserved twist.

By the way, although she plays a horrible person, I agree with Hitchcoc's review in regard to Ruta Lee in this show...Hubba, Hubba! And I've seen recent photos of her and wonder if she, too, took some of this miracle rejuvenation potion!

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