Today, February 10th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate another trifecta of births: actress Hazel Court (1926), super composer Jerry Goldsmith (1929), and actor Robert Keith (1898).
Starring opposite Peter Mark Richman in the Season 5 episode "The Fear," Court (1926-2008) is Charlotte Scott, an ex-fashion editor from New York who now lives a secluded life out in the desert. She reports a close encounter and that sends state trooper Robert Franklin (Richman) out to investigate.
One thing I noticed in revisiting this episode is the palpable sexual tension between Scott and Franklin – something that virtually doesn't much exist in the world of TZ. Even though this is 1964, I kept wondering when they were going to jump each other.
Composer Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004) needs no introduction. One of the true legends of movie scoring (Seven Days in May, Planet of the Apes, Patton, Papillon, Chinatown), he cut his teeth on early television and brought enormous talent to his Zone work, particularly his jazzy side in "The Four of Us Are Dying" and "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room."
Robert Keith (1898-1966) brought his hefty skills to the role of dying millionaire Jason Foster in "The Masks." It is Foster who calls together his family of self-possessed jerks during Mardi Gras in New Orleans and forces them to wear the proverbial masks until midnight.
In a strange touch of irony, this was Keith's final role. He was also the father of actor Brian Keith.
So let's hoist one to three mega-talents who brought immeasurable style, substance and je ne se quoi to the rich fabric of the odd and fascinating world we call The Twilight Zone.