The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Appalachian beauty Jess-Belle can't bear to lose the object of her passion to the local rich girl, so she turns to the local witch for aid. The results bring unexpected and tragic consequences.


Buzz Kulik


Earl Hamner Jr., Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Anne Francis ... Jess-Belle Stone
James Best ... Billy Ben Turner
Laura Devon ... Ellwyn Glover
Jeanette Nolan ... Granny Hart
Virginia Gregg ... Ossie Stone
George Mitchell ... Luther Glover
Helen Kleeb ... Mattie Glover
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Obed Miller
Jon Lormer ... Minister


After the love of her life, Billy Ben Turner, gets engaged to Ellwyn, the daughter of a rich farmer, a jealous Jess-Belle turns to a local witch to help her get him back. Granny Hart is known in the area as the person to go to for any potion you might want. Jess-Belle has no money, however, and all Granny Hart can give her is a potion that carries a high price. Jess-Belle is prepared to pay any price, and the potion she takes seems to work: as soon as Billy Ben sets eyes on her, he falls madly in love with her. When the clock strikes midnight, however, Jess-Belle is transformed and later realizes that she, too, is now a witch. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 February 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is the only The Twilight Zone (1959) episode not to feature a closing narration. It instead featured a poem. See more »


When Jess-Belle visits the witch Granny Hart for a magic spell, she recoils back from the pearl brooch offered in payment, because the shaft is made of silver (bad for witches). However, when Billy Ben Turner arrives to ask how to stop Jess-Belle, she accepts silver coins in her hand as payment. See more »


Ellwyn Glover: [picking flowers in a field ] Hello, Jess.
Jess-Belle Stone: You're a long way from home, Elly Glover. Lots of wildflowers around here. Saw a patch of *old maid's* fern up on the mountain.
Ellwyn Glover: I notice a lot of *vixen* wort around here, myself.
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A Love Story
3 November 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, lovesick Jess-Belle(played by Anne Francis) is heartsick that her great love Billy Ben Turner(played by James Best) is set to marry another woman(played by Laura Devon), who is the daughter of a successful farmer. In desperation, she turns to a witch named Granny Hart(played by Jeanette Nolan) who casts a love potion for her that works fine, but comes at a high price, so now Jess-Belle has a whole new problem to solve, even with Billy Ben's undying love... Nice little supernatural love story looks and feels authentic, with some clever touches and good performances, though again feels padded to fill out an hour.

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