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 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 only first-season episode that was not written by one of the Big Three (Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson). See more »

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Roger Shackleforth: Professor, you don't know what it's like. All the time: love, love, love!
Professor A. Daemon: I do know what it's like. How do you think I came to invent 'the glove cleaner?'
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Version of Tales from the Crypt: Loved to Death (1991) See more »

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Love that Glove Cleaner
3 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A classic short story brought to life. Love will fly if held too lightly. Love will die if held too tightly. This is about a man who is too stupid to know that what he is getting into will destroy him. He goes to a mysterious bookstore and buys some "Glove Cleaner." It is a love potion that will make whichever woman he gives it to fall madly in love with him. He is so taken that he doesn't realize what that means. Ray Bradbury had a similar theme in Marionettes Incorporated. This is about what you do after you've set yourself up. He gets only one chance to take care of his error. What will happen. George Grizzard is so sappy it's hard to feel much sympathy for him. There is the nice TZ twist at the end and a little look at the love broker. It's certainly a pretty good story.


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