A businessman who has recently returned from Africa is stalked by the superstitions and warnings of a witch doctor.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Richards
Chad Cooper
Jay Adler ...
Emily McLaughlin ...
Doris Richards
Hugh Sanders ...
Howard Wright ...
Donald Foster ...
Jay Overholts ...
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Alan Richards and his wife are back in New York after living in Africa where he was in charge of a major construction project. His wife was deeply affected after a local witch doctor placed a curse on them and has taken to keeping charms to ward off evil spirits. While Richards doesn't discount the power of the witch doctor entirely, he dismisses her fears as unfounded. Having a drink in a bar one evening he finds that his wife left a protective amulet in his coat pocket. He leaves it on the bar when he leaves - and as a result has a dangerous and frightening walk home, only to find something there waiting for him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 December 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rod Serling personally shared the protagonist's disbelief in superstition and the supernatural. According to Reverend Ernest Pipes of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, "Theologically speaking, Rod was what we call a naturalistic humanist, and that was the underlying philosophy of my pulpit." See more »


The Kakuyu tribe live in Kenya whereas the Koloka River is in Malawi. Although both nations are Bantu speaking, the Kakuyu do not live in Malawi. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Some superstitions, kept alive by the long night of ignorance, have their own special power. You'll hear of it through a jungle grapevine in a remote corner of the Twilight Zone.
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Maybe Tarzan Can Save Me
30 July 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Project manager offends African tribe and brings on a voodoo curse.

Businessman John Dehner hears a lion's roar and the loud squawk of a jungle macaw. The trouble is that he's in the middle of a city. What gives? Clever idea from writer Charles Beaumont makes for a memorable episode. What Dehner shouldn't have done is toss those African amulets into the fire. Now he's in for it. Then too, his development firm shouldn't have plunked their project down in the middle of African tribal lands. The locals don't take kindly to being ignored. Dehner's late night walk down deserted city streets accompanied by the jungle sounds is a hoot and reminds me of Val Lewton's 40's classic The Cat People. Perhaps there's an early environmental message somewhere in this1961 script. Anyhow the ending is a real grabber, so don't miss it.

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