Appalachian beauty Jess-Belle can't bear to lose the object of her passion to the local rich girl, so she turns to the local witch for aid. The results bring unexpected and tragic consequences.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jess-Belle Stone
Billy Ben Turner
Laura Devon ...
Ellwyn Glover
Granny Hart
Ossie Stone
George Mitchell ...
Luther Glover
Mattie Glover
Jim Boles ...
Obed Miller
Jon Lormer ...


After the love of her life Billy Ben Turner gets engaged to Ellwyn, the daughter of a rich farmer, a jealous Jess-Belle turns to a local witch to help her get him back. Granny Hart is known in the area as the person to go too for any potion you might want. Jess-Belle has no money however and all Granny Hart can give her is a potion that carries a high price. Jess-Belle is prepared to pay any price and the potion she takes seems to work: as soon as Billy Ben sets eyes on her, he falls madly in love with her. When the clock strikes midnight however, Jess-Belle is transformed and later realizes that she too is now a witch. Written by garykmcd

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14 February 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the only The Twilight Zone (1959) episode not to feature a closing narration. It instead featured a poem. See more »


When Jess-Belle first visits Granny Hart to obtain the potion, the old woman refuses to accept a brooch in payment because it is made of silver. However when Jess-Belle returns with silver coins- she accepts them. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] The Twilight Zone has existed in many lands, in many times. It has its roots in history, in something that happened long, long ago and got told about and handed down from one generation of folk to the other. In the telling, the story gets added to and embroidered on, so that what might have happened in the time of the Druids is told as if it took place yesterday, in the Blue Ridge mountains. Such stories are best told by an elderly grandfather on a cold winter's night by the ...
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Easily one of the best "Twilight Zone" episodes ever
16 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the Blue Ridge hills blonde Ellwyn (Laura Devon) is going to marry hunky Bill Ben Turner (James Best). However another girl named Jess Belle (Anne Francis) wants him. She goes to the local witch named Granny Hart (Jeanette Nolan) and gets a potion that makes Billy fall for her and reject Ellwyn...but at a horrible price.

Haunting and eerie "Twilight Zone" episode. It's one of the hour long episodes and works beautifully. There's some beautiful black and white cinematography here that helps the mood of the story and all the acting is great--especially Nolan who is having lots of fun playing a witch. There's even a song that goes along chronicling the events of the story. Most of the "Twilight Zone" episodes are pretty boring and predictable...but this one sure isn't! Also I don't scare easy but this one really creeped me out! Recommended.

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