The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain 

An aging married man convinces his brother to inject him with a youth serum.



(teleplay by), (based on a story by) (as Lou Holz) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Harmon Gordon
Flora Gordon
Dr. Raymond Gordon


Harmon Gordon is now quite elderly but is married to Flora, an attractive woman some 40 years younger than him. She's something of a gold digger and is now quite bored with her marriage. Harmon turns to his younger brother Raymond, a medical doctor who has been experimenting with cellular regeneration. Raymond's experiments to date have been on lab animals and he's reluctant to help Harmon as he has no idea what effect his youth serum might have on him. In the end, he administers his serum and by the next day Harmon is a new man, so to speak. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

13 December 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Until episodes became available on VHS and DVD, this was one of four "lost" episodes of The Twilight Zone (1959) that were not included with syndication packages during the 1960s through the 1980s. The other three were The Twilight Zone: Miniature (1963), The Twilight Zone: Sounds and Silences (1964), and The Twilight Zone: The Encounter (1964). This episode, "Miniature," and "Sounds and Silences" were excluded from the package because of lawsuits that had been filed claiming those episodes were plagiarized. "The Encounter" had drawn complaints of anti-Japanese prejudice and epithets expressed by one of the characters. The episodes were finally re-released for broadcast television in a 1983 special hosted by Patrick O'Neal, the lead actor of "Fountain". See more »


Flora's cigarette constantly changes lengths throughout the beginning of the episode. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] It happens to be a fact: as one gets older, one does get wiser. If you don't believe it, ask Flora. Ask her any day of the ensuing weeks of her life, as she takes notes during the coming years and realizes that the worm has turned - youth has taken over. It's simply the way the calendar crumbles - in The Twilight Zone.
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References Dr. Kildare (1961) See more »

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17 May 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Elderly man married to vicious, gold-digging wife gets his wish with surprising results.

Opening sequence is unusual for the series since it emphasizes raw sexuality of Ruta Lee as she torments aged husband Patrick O'Neal. I can't help thinking episode would work better had they used a real elderly man instead of the poorly made-up O'Neal. His youthfulness is so apparent under the pancake, that you know what's going to happen. Then too, Lee's trashy wife is so venomous and one-dimensional that their relationship strains believability. Just as damaging is Walter Brooke, as the concerned brother, who comes up with such a commanding performance, he overpowers everything else, including the final moments. At best, this is an average entry, without either atmosphere or suspense, and with an ending more amusing than gratifying.

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