Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 31

The Chaser (13 May 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Chaser (original title)

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A young man obsessed with winning over an uninterested beauty gets more than he bargained for when he buys a love potion to gain her affection.

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Prof. A. Daemon
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Roger Shackleforth
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Roger Shackleforth is madly in love with a beautiful young woman, Leila, who wants nothing to do with him. Monopolizing the pay phone in a diner, someone waiting to make a call refers him to Professor A. Daemon, a seller of books and various potions. When Roger learns that he can buy a love potion for $1, he jumps at the opportunity. The Professor tries to subtly warn him off but he happily buys the potion anyways. It certainly works on Leila but after six months, Roger is back to the Professor to find a solution to his new life. Written by garykmcd

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The first opening narration to contain, as did closing narrations, the words "The Twilight Zone". See more »

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Roger Shackleforth: It won't hurt her?
Professor A. Daemon: If anybody gets hurt, it'll be you, but I don't expect you to believe me.
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Version of Tales from the Crypt: Loved to Death (1991) See more »

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They must have had a blast making this.
3 July 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

They must have had a blast making this.

Douglas Heyes is one of my favorite Zone helmers, starting with what may be the most disconcerting Zone, "And When the Sky Was Opened," but also, "Elegy" "The After Hours" and "The Howling Man." Of course, he was also the director of two "could see this coming a mile away" entries: "The Invaders" and "Eye of the Beholder," but hey, those are still popular entries.

"The Chaser" is one of those tight, efficient, and truly humorous Zones with excellent acting (and plenty of chops materials for those actors), an ingenious set, and an ending that probably would upset Planned Parenthood (yes!). Patricia Barry was one of the most beautiful creatures ever to grace screen or earth (reminds me of a pin-up painting come to life).

If I were teaching a screen-writing or directing class, this gem would be in the curriculum.


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