Today, May 29th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the 1964 premiere of "The Fear."
Peter Mark Richman portrays hunky state trooper Robert Franklin, who is called to a mountain cabin by nervous Charlotte Scott (Hazel Court), a reclusive former fashion editor who claims to have had an alien encounter. The tension is palpable as they begin to notice some extremely odd phenomenon, like giant foot and handprints, indicating an alien of enormous proportions.
Peter Mark Richman – billed here as Mark Richman – has always been a solid force in television and film. I always remember him as the handsome Union officer who courts Gary Cooper's daughter in director William Wyler's Friendly Persuasion.
Sultry and sexy Hazel Court was something of a film force on her own. Working for British genre director Terence Fisher, she co-starred in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Dr. Blood's Coffin (1961), then segued to American films for Roger Corman, including The Raven (1963) and The Masque of the Red Death (1964).
So let's raise a cup of British tea to Court and Richman, who raised the fear factor considerably, appearing in one of the last original episodes of The Twilight Zone and making the most of it.