Excellent recall, Anon. That was 'Ring-a-Ding Girl' starring Maggie McNamara as Bunny Blake. Very fine, underrated episode. And that is one of the things which makes this such a great series because even quite a few of the episodes one might not associate as being among the greatest ones are still memorable nonetheless."Meet Bunny Blake. Occupation: film actress. Residence: Hollywood, California, or anywhere in the world that cameras happen to be grinding. Bunny Blake is a public figure; what she wears, eats, thinks, says is news. But underneath the glamour, the makeup, the publicity, the build-up, the costuming, is a flesh-and-blood person, a beautiful girl about to take a long and bizarre journey into the Twilight Zone."
Yep...excellent writing and acting, and all the production details like location, lighting, interiors, and exteriors were first rate. The only program I can think of today, that displays some of these values, is "Gotham".
Anyway...there were so many good episodes of this show that it's hard to pick a few favorites. I agree about "Time Enough At Last" and "Eye Of The Beholder" as being among the best. Some of my favorites are:
"The Midnight Sun" with Lois Nettleton...where the Earth has supposedly been nudged from its orbit and is falling toward the Sun. She is shown waking up at the end, and a high fever had caused her to have this "dream" about the Sun. The awful truth is, is that the Earth is actually receding from the Sun and is getting colder and colder.
"The Invaders" with Agnes Moorehead...who doesn't speak a word of dialog during the episode. She portrays an older lady living alone in a cabin outside of town who is terrorized by this little spaceship that lands on her roof.
"Nightmare At 20,000 Feet" with William Shatner before his Star Trek days. He portrays this recovering mental patient who sees a "gremlin" out on the wing messing with the engine.
Thanks be to Rod Serling and his excellent vision of using the medium of TV to bring us so much creativity and originality when it came to interesting story telling.
Speaking of Star Trek, BBC American has been showing the "The Next Generation" for awhile now, and recently has had some marathons of the original series, which I happily record on the DVR to watch later at my leisure. Noticed last night they have also have the rights to "Voyager" so will record those too. Thankfully, the DVR has a LOT of capacity. I rarely watch TV live anymore...record it for later viewing and FF through the commercials.
My two favs..To Serve Man and Nightmare at 20,000 feet.My favorite series from the era..Perry MasonAlfred Hitchcock PresentsTwilight ZoneThrillerPS...Shatner did two of the best Thriller episodes...The Grim Reaper and The Hungry Glass...One episode of AHH still scares the bejesus outta me..the Robert Bloch penned An Unlocked Window...
Sadly, Maggie McNamara took her own life at age 48....
Was not aware of the tragic circumstances surrounding Maggie McNamara's death. Sad to hear that.Another star of an underrated Twilight Zone episode ('Spur of the Moment') Diana Hyland also died way too soon at age 41 from breast cancer. In her abbreviated life, she accumulated quite a vast body of work from predominantly television, but a few movies as well. Most recently before her death way back in 1977, she starred in the first four episodes of the popular ABC series 'Eight is Enough.''Alfred Hitchcock Presents' still holds up very well today, as it both predated and paralleled 'The Twilight Zone' insofar as the twist endings. A couple of other more similar series to TZone 'Outer Limits' and 'One Step Beyond', I never really got into or enjoyed to the same extent as TZone. Although I always remembered the scorching hot brunette girl who played Regina (Joanna Frank) in the 'Outer Limits' episode 'ZZZZZZ.'
All this brings back the memory of Inger Stevens, another lovely young lady who starred in episodes:
"The Hitchhiker" where this guy keeps showing up where ever she goes. In turns out that she didn't survive the accident when her car blew a tire. As Serling closes the episode..."Nan Adams, age twenty-seven. She was driving to California—to Los Angeles. She didn't make it. There was a detour…through The Twilight Zone." Thinking back, this was my favorite episode.
"The Lateness of the Hour" where she discovers she is just another robot her "parents" created because they wanted a child. I don't quite remember this one, but would probably recognize it if I see it.
Sadly, Inger passed away, way too young, only 35 years old, of an overdose. Not sure if they ever figured out if it was intentional or not...she had experienced great sucess in acting, and appeared to have everything going well in her life.