Sunday, 23 September 2018

The Chaser

 The Twilight Zone
Season 1, Episode 31

A young man obsessed with winning over an uninterested beauty gets more than he bargained for when he buys a love potion in the hope of winning her heart out of sheer desperation. However, he is at a loss to know what to do when he discovers that it does what it says on the 'tin' and works TOO well...

                    Directed by Douglas Heyes, 1960
                    Teleplay written by Robert Presnell Jr.
                    Based on the short story by John Collier

                    John McIntire - Prof. A. Daemon
                    Patricia Barry - Leila
                    George Grizzard - Roger Shackleforth

Opening Narration

"Mr. Roger Shackleforth. Age: youthful twenties. Occupation: being in love. Not just in love, but madly, passionately, illogically, miserably, all-consumingly in love with a young woman named Leila who has a vague recollection of his face and even less than a passing interest. In a moment you will see a switch; because Mr. Shackleforth, a young gentleman so much in love, will take a short but very meaningful journey into the Twilight Zone."

Episode Summary

Roger calls a girl named Leila from a phone box. He is madly in love with and yet she tells him "Why don't you take one big jump to the moon?" There is now a queue of people waiting to use the phone. One man enters the phone booth and tells him he needs to use the phone urgently. He also hands him a business card and tells hi to ring the number on it because the man has the answer to his problem. Roger then visits this guy who makes potion which he conceals behind books in his library and which he accesses with the use of ladders.

Roger ends up purchasing a love potion to make Leila fall for him - for one dollar. The gentleman informs him that it's not even worth that. While the 'chaser,' the 'glove cleaner,' having the opposite effect, costs $1000, which amounts to all of his savings (which is usually the case). When he visits his beloved again, she shuts the door in his face but eventually agrees to give him five minutes since he's brought flowers and champagne. He adds the love potion to her drink but it doesn't appear to have any effect at first. "I don't love you," she says. "I don't want you here. I don't even like you!" However, he potion then hits her and she finds herself suddenly falling under his spell, much to her confusion. She quickly falls head over heels for him and is lost, obsessed with him and eager to worship and please him.

It was married bliss for the first six months. However,  Leila's love is out of control and so smothering that he ends up feeling desperate to escape from her. He can't stand it any longer. He therefore returns to the man who sold him the potion and tells him he wants everything back the way it was. He's already written out a cheque for $1000. And he is warned that he must not hesitate. For, if he fails to give Leila the potion at the first opportunity, he will be doomed. Armed with the potion and another bottle of champagne, he is seated on the sofa next to Leila pretending to be in love with her. She announces: "I've got news for you, sweet little rabbit." She holds up her knitting needles with a baby's sock hanging from them, meaning that she is pregnant. Then Roger drops the glasses on the floor, breaking them and losing the expensive potion in the process. Now he'll never be free!

"It always happens the same way. First the stimulant...and then the chaser."

Closing Narration

"Mr. Rodger Shackleforth, who has discovered at this late date that love can be as sticky as a vat of molasses, as unpalatable as a hunk of spoiled yeast, and as all-consuming as a 6th-alarm fire in a bamboo-and-canvas tent. Case history of a lover boy, who should never have entered... The Twilight Zone."

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Virginia Grey

Virginia Grey's main Hollywood career spanned the Thirties and Forties in B films and supporting roles in A films. Her appearances exceeded 100 and included television roles until she retired in 1970.

Virginia Grey in Tarzan's New York Adventure, 1941
"Virginia was always recognisable by those big sparkling eyes and always exuded a spirited abundance of energy to every performance. Even in her later films. She was obviously multi-talented as were so many actresses of high calibre beauty and brains in that wonderful golden era."

"4th, 5th, 6th billing and she was often better than the lead. Not only a looker but certainly a good actress.. Any movie she was in was all the better for being in it!"

(YouTube Comments)

Baby Blue Eyes (shame the preceding sequence isn't included)

Have A Heart

So This Is New York, Virginia Grey, 1948, by Everett

Song & Tap Dance with George Murphy, 1936

After being jilted after seeing Clark Gable for seven years, Virginia Grey carried a torch for the star for rest of her life, never marrying (hence returning to Mormonism later in her life perhaps!). Or so the story goes.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

My Cousin Rachel

An American mystery-romance film directed by Henry Koster in 1952

A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty. 

Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton star in this adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's gothic novel.


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Charles Manson Chansons

Your Home Is Where You're Happy

Peace in Your Heart

True Love You Will Find

Swamp Girl - Frankie Laine, Charles Manson

You (The Game Part II)

Roy Harper, feat. Dave Gilmour and Kate Bush

You, my daring time traveller
You, love dwelling discoverer
You, you open the doors for me
And let me in
I come

You, my deep secret accomplices
You, who endure my injustices
You, you reward me kind likenesses
Bearing gifts
Of home

To new dimensions in the zoo
Helpless lovers follow you
Only you

You, my dear old companion
You, my fairest opinion
You, my sweet faithful perfection
Homin' in
Come on

You, from my seeds of eternity
You, always gently in front of me
You, you're so soft deep inside of me
And like a rock

To new dimensions in the zoo
Helpless lovers follow you
Only you
Only you
Only you

Written by Roy Harper & Dave Gilmour


Monday, 23 July 2018


Cigarettes After Sex, 2018


Motorama car show, NYC, 1953 by Dennis Stock

Photo by David Markoff