A young American couple, the Ransomes, who are trying to salvage their troubled marriage, insist on booking passage on an old trans-Atlantic cruise liner. But other passengers try to persuade them to disembark immediately.
Eileen and Alan Ransome's marriage is going through a bad patch and they decide to go on a holiday to London. They insist on traveling by ship and book passage on the Lady Anne, an old ship that is not recommended by the travel agent but is leaving quite soon. When they arrive at the port terminal another passenger, McKenzie, says they've made a mistake and they shouldn't board. Another, Burgess, tries to warn them off as well and he and McKenzie offer them $10,000 to leave immediately. They find that all of the passengers are quite elderly but have a good deal of wisdom to dispense. They are more than a little taken aback when the captain puts them off the ship. They are rescued, but as for the Lady Anne...... Written by
Love has its own particular point of view. It sees everything larger than life. Nothing is too ornate, too fanciful, too dramatic. Love demands the theatrical, and then transfigures it. It turns the grotesque into the lovely, as a child does. With it, we can see what we wish to see in other people. Without it, we can't see anything at all. We can search forever, and never find.
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This is easily my favourite episode from the hour-long fourth series. The Twilight Zone at it's most charming. A nice change of pace from most of the others. An ideal one to watch to get into the series if you feel the Zone is just a tad too weird for you.
The Ransomes are a couple whose marriage is falling apart. Joyce Van Patten is engaging as the wife trying to rekindle the flame with her work obsessed husband. Wilfred Hyde-White and Gladys Cooper contrast stylishly with the Ransomes as old people still in love. Alan Napier (Alfred from 1960's Batman) appears as captain of HMS Lady Anne on which all the other passengers seem to be old.
An appealingly atmospheric setting for the most romantic entry of the anthology should lure you to sail into the zone. Don't be put off, however much Wilfred Hyde-White may offer you not to board.
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