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The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 36

The Bewitchin' Pool

Aired Unknown Jun 19, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Two unhappy children find a happy escape in a swimming pool.

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  • Dubbing

    Until this forum I had no clue why Mary Badham's voice was so artificial sounding. Thanks everyone. This episode was never one of my favorites.
  • The reason for June Foray's voice....

    that much of the original outdoor dialog was rendered unusable by noise encountered during the original shoot. The actors re-dubbed their dialog later, but Mary Badham's voice still wasn't right. By the time this was realized, Badham had returned home to Alabama and it was deemed to expensive to fly her back, so June Foray was brought in to re-dub the Badham's character in the required scenes. Badham's actual voice can be heard in the indoor scenes, where noise hadn't intruded.moreless
  • OMG Its June Foray aka Rocket J. Squirrel

    I always thought that the daughter's voice was off and strangely familar. The actress voice was dubbed by June Foray the voice of Rocket J Squirrel. What was Rod Sterling thinking?
  • I Love This! I Love This! And I Have Never Seen A Single Episode of This Show Until Now!!!!!!!

    This episode, which was the final episode of the entire series, features two kids (one played by Mary Badham of To Kill a Mockingbird fame) who live in a family featuring two nagging parents who can't stand their own children, as they blame them for all the arguments in their marriage. It becomes bad enough that the children discover a fantasy world where children live happy lives in a gingerbread house owned by a sweet old lady... right underneath their swimming pool. The question is, is this what they want or should they go back to where they were raised at? Questions are answered, in The Twilight Show.

    As I said in the opening, I had never seen an episode of The Twilight Zone before. Boy have I been missing out! This was one of the most brilliant and original shows I've seen in my life! Rod Sterling's introduction and narration captured me in the mood, performances are brilliant, especially Mary Badham, though her voiced was dubbed in some places, the whole ideas here of children escaping to wonderful happy lands are highly original, and it's so thought-provoking and wonderful you just don't want it to end. Even more surprising was that this episode was written by Earl Hamner, best known for creating The Waltons. He does a wonderful job here.

    I'm glad I finally watched an episode of The Twilight Zone and I'm excited about watching future episodes!moreless
  • Is Mary Badham's voice dubed for part of the episode?

    Just wandering around HULU I decided to hit up TZ and watch the final episode. I'd seen it before but never knowing it was the final episode. Watching it, I couldn't help but notice that Sport, the character played by Mary Badham ("Scout" from the film "To Kill a Mockingbird"), sounded A LOT like June Foray, the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel (among others). Once they went to the other location, her voice is noticeably higher and sounds more like a little girl. Did she possibly have some problems with her voice when they shot the home scenes that would have required some voice looping?

    Over all, great episode to go out on.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Sport and Jeb jump in the pool in the last scene, Sport is wearing a shirt. When she comes up in Aunt T's land, she is wearing a swim suit.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: A swimming pool not unlike any other pool, a structure built of tile and cement and money, a backyard toy for the affluent, wet entertainment for the well-to-do. But to Jeb and Sport Sharewood, this pool holds mysteries not dreamed of by the building contractor, not guaranteed in any sales brochure. For this pool has a secret exit that leads to a never-neverland, a place designed for junior citizens who need a long voyage away from reality, into the bottomless regions of the Twilight Zone.

    • Gloria: I told you to go find your brother, not play in the pool.
      Sport: That's where he was.
      Gloria: You remember what I told you about people who lie.
      Sport: Yes, they go to hell and get burnt up.

    • Jeb: Why do we have to have chores?
      Aunt T: All children need chores to appreciate labor and the joy of honest work.

    • Jeb: You mean all children have a door at the bottom of the pool?
      Aunt T: Oh no, not all children come down here through the pool. Some come down chimneys, or you open the door and there they are. Or sometimes they're on a street corner, or other times on a doorstep, like Whitt there.

    • Aunt T: You sure are solemn children, don't you ever laugh?
      Sport: What's there to laugh about?
      Aunt T: I'm funny, you could laugh at me.
      Whitt: You're not funny, you're nice.
      Aunt T: How about a riddle? Does anybody know a riddle?
      Whitt: I do. What do you call someone who crosses the ocean twice and doesn't take a bath either way?
      Aunt T: What?
      Whitt: A dirty double crosser! (everybody laughs)

    • (Last Scene of the Series - Aunt T's House)
      Gloria:(voice over) Oh children, please come back.
      Sport: Huh?
      Aunt T: What is it dear?
      Sport: I thought I heard something. (Laughs) May I please have another piece of cake, Aunt T?

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: A brief epilogue for concerned parents. Of course, there isn't any such place as the gingerbread house of Aunt T, and we grownups know there's no door at the bottom of a swimming pool that leads to a secret place. But who can say how real the fantasy world of lonely children can become? For Jeb and Sport Sharewood, the need for love turned fantasy into reality; they found a secret place--in the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (4)

    • In the outdoor scenes, Mary Badham's voice was overdubbed by June Foray (who was the voice of Rocky the Squirrel) due to Badham's heavy southern accent combined with a high backlot noise level.

    • The script is included in The Twilight Zone Scripts of Earl Hamner by Earl Hamner and Tony Albarella.

    • In the book of Earl Hamner TZ scripts, the script for this episode contains a different beginning (instead of showing part of the ending, as it does today).

    • The two main child characters in To Kill A Mockingbird were Jem and Scout (Mary Badham). In this episode, they're Jeb and Sport (Badham).