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)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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An aging married man convinces his brother to inject him with a youth serum.

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Harmon Gordon
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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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The apartment set was later used in Twilight Zone: The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross (1964). See more »

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

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Picture of an aging man who leads his life, as Thoreau said, 'in a 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 ...
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The Serum
6 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Patrick O'Neal stars as Harmon Gordon, who is an aging man recently married to a much younger woman named Flora(played by Ruta Lee). Harmon is charmed by her beauty, but blind to her heartless, gold-digging true nature. By coincidence, his brother(played by Walter Brooke) is a scientist working on a youth rejuvenation serum that has had mixed results so far, but a desperate Harmon insists on being the first human subject, but the effects of the serum go much farther than he planned... Good cast here makes it watchable, but episode is still thin, and leaves several unanswered questions by its assumed "just" ending, such as if it really turned out best for Harmon...


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