Today, New Year's Eve, December 31, This Day in Twilight Zone History remembers actress Nora Marlowe, who passed away on this day in 1977 at the age of 62.
In "Night Call," Elva Keene (Gladys Cooper) is an elderly woman who starts to get increasingly frightening late-night telephone calls from a ghostly presence that refuses to identify itself. Marlowe (1915-1977) is her loyal caregiver, who unfortunately isn't around at night to intercept those calls (this was obviously before there was 24/7 care in private homes).
Marlowe also appeared as the 19th-century chambermaid who plays host to time traveler Pete Corrigan (Russell Johnson) in "Back There."
I always remember her as Philip Vandamm's (James Mason) no-nonsense housekeeper in North by Northwest, who holds a gun on Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) until he correctly recognizes it as "that same silly gun" with the blank cartridges.
As we bid farewell to 2017 and prepare to greet 2018, I want to tell you how enjoyable it's been these past five months presenting these daily essays on our favorite show. I will continue these into the new year and beyond, with the added bonus that I will be presenting The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia "Lost Entries" on The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia Facebook page. These are the entries that failed to make the cut in my book – cast bios, character bios, trivia. I promise to give you even more insight into the greatest television series ever. So starting January 1, go to The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia on Facebook.
Happy New Year, everyone!