While out horseback riding on June 13, 1939, 18 year-old Anne Henderson comes across another rider, a middle-aged woman dressed in black, who chases after her. She's terrified and races home. It's the day of her engagement party. She's supposed to marry Robert Blake but childhood friend David Mitchell wants her to break it off and marry him instead. As for the woman in black, she is someone who knows Anne quite well. Written by
What lingers from this otherwise ordinary episode are several arresting visuals. While on a routine horseback ride, debutante Diana Hyland suddenly encounters a menacing black clad rider silhouetted against the sky. In a close-up, we see the ravaged face of a middle-age woman, her features twisted into a grimace. The figure swoops down from the hill top to chase after the fleeing Hyland. But who is this figure of doom and why is she pursuing such a harmless looking lass as the about-to-be-married Hyland. These first few minutes amount to an intriguing set-up, very well filmed, the color contrast between the riders both arresting and misleading. The rest of the episode may not equal this early plateau; however, the solution remains reasonably satisfying, and one, I suspect, many would like to apply to their own lives. The cast is notable for the presence of Hyland, an excellent actress who unfortunately died young, and for Marsha Hunt as the mother, the victim of a decade or so of political blacklisting.
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