The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Chaser 

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.


Douglas Heyes


Robert Presnell Jr. (teleplay by), John Collier (based on the short story by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
John McIntire ... Prof. A. Daemon
Patricia Barry ... Leila
George Grizzard ... Roger Shackleforth
J. Pat O'Malley ... Homburg
Marjorie Bennett ... Old Woman
Barbara Perry Barbara Perry ... Blonde Woman
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Tall Man


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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Release Date:

13 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


After Roger goes through the professor's inner door, the camera's shadow can be seen following him on the door. See more »


Roger Shackleforth: Listen, darling, I have to see you.
Leila: Roger, it's impossible.
Roger Shackleforth: I must see you, darling, must! Furiously, fiercely must! I love you.
Leila: Roger, you've got to stop this. You're acting like a baby. I can't see you now, and that's that.
Roger Shackleforth: Well then, talk to me. Say something! Say anything!
Leila: Say something? Alright Roger, I'll say something. Why don't you take a flying jump at the moon?
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Version of Tales from the Crypt: Loved to Death (1991) See more »

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Love Potion
26 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

George Grizzard plays a lovesick young man named Roger Shackleforth, obsessed with the beautiful Leila(played by Patricia Barry) who barely gives him the time of day, and certainly doesn't love. Frustrated, Roger visits a mysterious merchant named professor Daemon(played by John McIntire) who sells him a love potion for one dollar guaranteed to work, but offers a warning not to use, which of course goes unheeded, much to Roger's later semi-regret... Light-hearted but ultimately frivolous episode remains watchable because of the good cast and direction, but outcome could not be more obvious; still, it's hard to dislike this entry either.

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