The Twilight Zone

Season 4 Episode 7

Jess-Belle

5
Aired Unknown Feb 14, 1963 on CBS
8.2
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Jess-Belle enlists the aid of a local witch who casts a spell that makes Billy-Ben fall in love with her.

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  • screwed up epsiode

    1.0
    Icuhave ended up sterotyped happy Jees belle gets billy love at the price of her soul. However in a typcial twist ending the best thing that could have happens to her is getting killed at the end. Her makeup was just affual!
  • A haunting tale about a young girl who will go to extremes to win the heart of the man she loves.

    9.5
    This is one of my all time favorites. I think that this story is nicely written and well directed. One of the most chilling Twilight Zone episodes there is.



    Poor Jess-Belle would do anything to make Billy-Ben fall in love with her... even if it means giving her soul to a witch, who in turn transforms Jess-Belle into a witch. As the story unfolds desperate Jess-Belle becomes heartless.



    In the end I always feel sorry for Jess-Belle, portrayed by the lovely Anne Francis, desperate for love, she gives up her soul and eventually she gives up her life.



    A haunting, yet sorrowful tale that is The Twilight Zone at it's very best.moreless
  • What starts out as an interesting story is ruined by the hour long time period and we are left with a story that goes on and on and on.

    5.0
    I love the Twilight Zone and rarely have I ever come upon a bad episode. But this one takes the cake. It might have been an interesting story at a half hour time limit and become a decent episode. But it is by far the worst. To those who don't know what I'm talking about, during the fouth season of the Twlight Zone, changes in the schedule gave the Twilight Zone a whole hour to fill instead of a half hour. Rod Serling, the creator of the show, was against it, saying the Twilight Zone worked best in half hour segments. But the studio had stronger power and so the show was lengthened to an hour. Don't get me wrong. Season 4 had great episodes,"He's Alive!" being one of my top favorites of the series. Anyway back to this episode. It's been awhile since I've seen it but the premise is basically that a girl jealous of another girl who has stolen the attention of a boy she is in love with. So she goes to a women who is believed to be a witch, to cast hateful magic on the other girl. Interesting plot. Interesting story. But you can tell after the half hour mark, the writers become desperate, trying to lengthen a story that doesn't need it. Things twist and turn and going from being slightly believable (believable as it gets in this show) to absolutely confusing. I was disappointed with this episode, but the true beauty of it is, is that it was one of kind in a series so beautiful with rich stories, livid characters, and plots that constanly dove into the human subconscious. You realize that no greats can go without a stumble here and there. Being one of the few bad episodes of the orginal Twilight Zone, let's be glad there were so many great ones.moreless

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    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: The Twilight Zone has existed in many lands, in many times. It has its roots in history, in something that happened long, long ago and got told about and handed down from one generation of folk to the other. In the telling the story gets added to and embroidered on, so that what might have happened in the time of the Druids is told as if it took place yesterday in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Such stories are best told by an elderly grandfather on a cold winter's night by the fireside--in the southern hills of the Twilight Zone.

    • Poem sung at the end: "Fair was Elly Glover. Dark was Jess-Belle. Both they loved the same man. And both they loved him well."

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