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May 13 in Twilight Zone History: Celebrating the 1960 premiere of 'The Chaser'

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May 13, 2018

Today, May 13th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the 1960 premiere of "The Chaser."

George Grizzard stars as Roger Shackleforth, a man so obsessed with a woman (Patricia Barry) that he seeks out a love potion from a purveyor of unusual concoctions (John McIntire). He gets his ounce of liquid and suddenly lovely Leila is all over him like a cheap suit – a smothering kind of love that eventually becomes intolerably annoying, proving again the time-honored TZ adage: be careful what you wish for.

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George Grizzard brings poor lovestruck Roger Shackleforth to life in "The Chaser."

Grizzard (1928-2007) returned in the strictly dramatic one-hour episode "In His Image," playing the decidedly odd Alan Talbot. His last film appearance was in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers. Patricia Barry (1922-2016) returned as nearly the same character in "I Dream of Genie," this time warding off the advances of an office worker, George P. Hanley (Howard Morris). She gets to play three other characters as well.

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Lovely Patricia Barry is quite fetching as Leila in "The Chaser."

TV and film veteran John McIntire played the potion purveyor with the ominous name: Professor A. Daemon. In real life, he was married to TZ veteran Jeanette Nolan ("The Hunt," "Jess-Belle") for 55 years. He had recently taken over the role of the wagon master on Wagon Train when Ward Bond died and would appear in 122 episodes.

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Veteran actor John McIntire (right) portrayed Professor A. Daemon, a purveyor of potions, who supplies Roger (George Grizzard) with a potent love potion in "The Chaser."

So let's raise an equally potent elixir to poor Roger Shackleforth and his unrequited love for Leila... which should have stayed unrequited as potions simply don't work under the atmospheric conditions of the unstable dimension we call The Twilight Zone.