Today, May 22nd, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the 1964 premiere of "Come Wander with Me."
Written by Anthony Wilson, who later wrote on the Combat, Land of the Giants and Planet of the Apes series and served as story editor on Lost in Space, this episode stars Gary Crosby as rockabilly singer Floyd Burney, who drives around the backcountry of America searching for original songs. He walks right into The Twilight Zone when he meets soulful singer Mary Rachel, who warbles a haunting tune that Floyd can't get out of his head.
Now, to quote a current film favorite, someone should have just said to Floyd, Get Out, but he love the song and he's fallen for Mary.
Gary Crosby, son of Bing, does a good job with Floyd, a guy who thinks he's always one step of his competitors. Mary Rachel is played by relative newcomer Bonnie Beecher, who later married performer Wavy Gravy and changed her name to Jahanara Romney. She's now the administrative director of Wavy’s unique summer camp, Camp Winnarainbow in Northern California. Sounds like a perfect position for ethereal Mary Rachel.
So let's raise a cup of aged moonshine to the chutzpah of Floyd Burney, which took him a little too far off course into the backroads and woodlands of The Twilight Zone.