The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Ring-A-Ding Girl 

Movie star Bunny Blake receives a ring from her hometown which is giving her warnings to come home while she flies cross country.

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Barbara 'Bunny' Blake is a well-known actress who receives a strange invitation from her sister Hildy Powell to return to Howardville, her hometown. Bunny owes her career to the the residents of Howardville who paid her way to Hollywood when was just starting out. She arrives on the same day as the town's annual picnic and feeling a sense of dread tries to have the event postponed. She doesn't get much cooperation and so takes matters into her own hands. Written by garykmcd

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27 December 1963 (USA)  »

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This episode features the combined talents of three of the most famous narrators of the 60's and 70's. Rod Serling narrates, of course. Vic Perrin, who plays Trooper Jim, was the "Control Voice" of The Outer Limits. And Earl Hammer Jr., who wrote the show, was the narrator of the long-running drama The Waltons. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: We are all travelers. The trip starts in a place called birth, and ends in that lonely town called death. And that's the end of the journey, unless you happen to exist for a few hours, like Bunny Blake, in the misty regions of The Twilight Zone.
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Tricky Screenplay
8 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Oddball entry even for TZ. I couldn't figure out where the story was going until the last when the murky parts come together. It's a challenging, different kind of screenplay. Seems kookie Hollywood ingénue Bunny Blake (McNamara) gets a ring that gives her cloudy instructions. So instead of going on movie location, she flies to her hometown since the ring says she's needed there. But why, since everything seems normal, including her sister, nephew and townspeople. Besides, her ditzy manner suggests she's just showing off her celebrity status. Still, the ring must make some sense otherwise why does she keep following its pointers.

The entry may require patience since there's no real suspense or drama. For me, I stuck with it because of Bunny's tight dress and whimsical manner. Too bad the talented McNamara had such a short, tragic career; she really didn't need Audrey Hepburn comparisons. And I agree with the reviewer who found Bunny's relationship with sister Hildy (Munday) uncommonly winning. Anyhow, Hamner's screenplay combines somewhat familiar element of prophecy into an unusually effective payoff. So, even if doubts pop up, stick with it to the eerie end.


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