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 ... 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?


Reuses the Jazz theme from The Fever (1960). 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 »


Professor A. Daemon: What is it you want?
Roger Shackleforth: Oh, nothing.
Professor A. Daemon: Nothing I don't supply. Something is my specialty. Anything is what you get here.
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Version of Tales from the Crypt: Loved to Death (1991) See more »

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Till death – or another potion – do us part
14 May 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

It never ceases to amaze me how important and influential "The Twilight Zone" TV-series was; and still is for that matter! In every episode I watch, I spot ideas and concepts that were recycled, imitated or even shamelessly copied in numerous of other movies and TV-series that were released much later. This installment, "The Chaser", catapulted me straight back to my childhood years in the early 90s. I wasn't able to watch many movies in my favorite genre, because I was still too young and not allowed to rent horror, but I was addicted to secretly watching "Tales from the Crypt" on late- night television. I must have seen every episode 4 or 5 times, and one of them was called "Loved to Death" and starred Andrew McCarthy, Mariel Hemingway and the utterly cool British actor David Hemmings. It's only now, approximately twenty- five years later, that I've come to realize that "Loved to Death" is an almost identical re-telling of a "Twilight Zone" episode that was made 31 years earlier already. Pathetic and clumsy Roger Shackleforth is desperately in love with the beautiful Leila, but his feelings remain unanswered. He comes into contact with the brilliant Professor Daemon, who sells solutions to every imaginable type of problem in the form of magic potions. For the lousy price of $1, Roger buys a potion guarantying him that Leila becomes hopelessly devoted to him, but the purchase comes with a warning… "The Chaser" is a fairly light-headed and unusual TZ-episode, dealing with puppy love in an overall solemn first season primarily dealing with time traveling, the afterlife and the exploration of space. It's definitely a nice diversion, with refreshing performances and a delightful climax.

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