Today, December 9th, This Day in Twilight Zone History celebrates the 1960 premiere of "The Trouble with Templeton."
Oscar-nominated actor Brian Aherne (Juarez) starred in this fanciful Season 2 episode as Broadway stage thespian Booth Templeton, who's going through an emotional crisis. His latest wife is having an affair; he's having second thoughts about his newest role and the demanding young director running the show (Sydney Pollack); and he longs for the company of his late wife (Pippa Scott) and the seemingly idyllic life they led in the 1920s. So, quicker than you can say "Time Travel Necessary," Booth is back in those seemingly idyllic 1920s, headed for a reunion with that seemingly perfect spouse.
Aherne is another casting coup – totally believable as a sophisticated actor longing for a different time and place. Thus, he joins a long list of TZ characters with similar longings, including Gig Young's Martin Sloan ("Walking Distance"), Ida Lupino's Barbara Jean Trenton ("The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine"), and Alex Nicol's Alex Walker ("Young Man's Fancy"). It's also fun to see future director Sydney Pollack (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The Way We Were, Tootsie) playing an egotistical stage director with a southern accent.
Oh, and Pippa Scott was just four years removed from playing Lucy Edwards, Natalie Wood's older sister, in John Ford’s The Searchers.
So let's hoist a highball to Booth Templeton and his circuitous route to redemption in The Twilight Zone.