The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 1 Episode 24 – Long Live Walter Jameson

Walter Jameson is a history professor in an American college.  He is engaged to Susanna Kittredge, the daughter of another professor in the Chemistry department.  Professor Kittridge suspects that Jameson is older than his alleged age and after researching a Civil War photo of a man that Jameson quoted in his lectures Kittridge discovers that Jameson was the Civil War officer.  Kittridge convinces Jameson to tell his story.  Jameson was an ancient Greek and he feared death so he paid an “alchemist” to give him eternal life.  It worked but over time he realized that seeing his family age and die was a terrible thing.  And the pattern repeated itself over thousands of years.  Kittridge forbids Jameson from marrying his daughter but Susanna defies him and they plan to elope that night.

When Jameson gets home, he is confronted by an old, old woman who was one of his former wives.  She found him through the engagement announcement and is determined to stop him from destroying another woman’s life.  She sees a revolver on his desk and shoots him.  When Kittridge hears the shot, he comes across the street and finds Jameson dying and already aging at an enormously accelerated rate.  When Susanna runs across to the house all that’s left of Jameson is his clothes and dust.

The story of the deathless man is classic.  Even in the 1960s the concept ended up in a Star Trek episode.  This one’s okay.  I’ll call it a B.

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War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

Picture of Dorian Gray.

Highlander.

Death Becomes Her (played for laughs).

The character Darius Biederbeck in Dr Phibes Rises Again. Amazing as the villain comes out on top in this movie.

Several vampires and a mummy or two have done the same thing. Writers all steal from each other.

War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

It wasn’t bad for its type. The acting was actually pretty good. Kevin McCarthy is a solid actor. At least as good as Leslie Nielsen or William Hopper in dramatic roles and almost as good as Peter Graves. A solid “B” is about right. What made me think when I first saw it as a lad was that if an alchemist did that for one ancient Greek, how many others with more money are still running around with us? Surely the alchemist did it for himself, too, so maybe there was a fictional serum of life as in “Death Becomes… Read more »

Tyler, The Portly Politico
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Perhaps he’d grown weary of immortality, and so joined the American Civil War as a form of death wish. I imagine after living for 4000 years, you start getting a bit weary. Or maybe he needed some excitement (or some cash–imagine how much you’d have to save for retirement if you were going to live forever).