The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain 

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



(teleplay by), (based on a story by) (as Lou Holz) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Harmon Gordon
Flora Gordon
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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Release Date:

13 December 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During the opening monologue it's stated that Harmon Gordon's wife Flora is 40 years his junior. However, Patrick O'Neal was only eight years older than Ruta Lee in real life. See more »


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


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Picture of an aging man who leads his life, as Thoreau said, 'in 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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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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