» » Strefa mroku Queen of the Nile (1959–1964)

Short summary

A syndicated columnist, Jordan Herrick, gets an interview with the famous and beautiful actress Pamela Morris. She claims to be 38 years old but according to Jordan's information, that would have made her first film as an adult when she was only 10. He takes her word for it but her elderly mother, Viola Draper, has news for him: she's not Pamela's mother, she is her daughter. The more he looks into her background, the more convinced he becomes that Pamela hasn't aged for decades. Faced with the facts, Pamela shows the lengths she will go to in order to protect her great secret.

The swimming pool shown is the same one used in the very last one broadcast, "The Bewitchin' Pool" as well as season's two's, "The Trouble with Templeton".

Pamela Morris' previous pseudonyms include Constance Taylor and Gladys Gregory. It is hinted that her original identity was Cleopatra VII.

Viola Draper was born in 1893.

Pamela Morris claimed to have been born in 1925.

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    • Author: Cells
    Ghost written by Jerry Sohl for Charles Beaumont, who by this time was suffering from Alzheimers disease. This entry generally lives in the shadow of Beaumont's season one tale of longevity, 'Long Live Walter Jameson'. I think this one stands by itself as a middle ranking Zone. Pamela Morris (Ann Blyth) is a flirty , soft-spoken, beautiful star of old movies who somehow never seems to age. She has a very strange filial relationship with Viola (Celia Lovsky) and you'll have to see it to find out just how strange. Pamela gives an interview to a cynical journalist (Lee Philips) who wants to unravel her alluring and sinister mystery. Rod Serling says he's 'just looked into the face of The Twilight Zone', and it can seldom have looked better than Ann Blyth, best known as the spoiled Veda in 'Mildred Pierce'. Pamela Morris is deceptively feminine and petite, and the star performance carries this light 'Sunset Boulevard'-like entry well.

    Kevin McCarthy lived to 96 after starring in 'Long Live Walter Jameson'. Ann Blyth is one of the very few stars remaining from the 1940's. Let's wish her much more longevity!
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    • Author: Manesenci
    Rod Serling always felt that a writer could write tougher and stronger "message" pieces working in the science fiction/fantasy genre than he could ever write in a contemporary dramatic setting. He was right. And this episode proves it. Ann Blyth offers up an ageless movie queen who has played Cleopatra in both the silent and sound versions of the story. A handsome young reporter is sent to inquire how this is possible. Her explanation (she was very young in the first film) is plausible and puts him at ease. Bad move. He is quickly approached by a mysterious woman twice-his-age. He brushes her warnings off, too. Another bad move. It only gets worse for our good man from the fourth estate. Stay tuned for the twist ending and Mr. Serling's theory will crystallize before your eyes. Ann Blyth never played wicked any better. Every dusty old bone in her body is evil. But she looks great. The actress who played the old lady went on to uncover another evil plot in Soylent Green. Unfortunately, with the same negative results.
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    • Author: Malanim
    Pamela Morris, an attractive, seemingly good-girl actress has a dark secret. With the aid of an ancient and deadly, vampiric beetle, she can live forever, and has already been around since the days of the Egyptian pharaohs. Living with her is a German-speaking woman, Viola Draper, who is quite convincingly passed off as her mother. Viola wants no part of Morris's deadly endeavors, but fears meeting the fate of Pamela's many victims if she doesn't cooperate.

    Syndicated columnist Jordan Herrick is intrigued by Pamela and visits her in her mansion for an interview. After the interview he promises to return, in spite of a dire warning from her "mother", who tries to convince him that she is really Pamela's daughter. He is befuddled by some discrepancies in Pamela's timeline as he sees photos of her as she looks now that were shot when she was supposed to be not much more than a baby. During a return visit he uses the phone at the residence to call a friend named Kreuger, possibly his editor, and asks him to check on these discrepancies. His suspicions of Pamela's age are confirmed. Then, after a revealing conversation with Viola, he makes the deadly mistake of accepting a a cup of coffee from Miss(?) Morris. Before he takes a sip we see her slipping knockout drops in his cup when his head is turned. Then the beetle goes to work, and with Jordan's blood Pamela will live to see yet another day, which cannot be said for poor young Mr. Herrick. Almost immediately after, the doorbell rings, and another young man enters. His fate is sealed.

    You have to wonder, how long can she keep this up before people get suspicious? The fact that so many people were last heard from at or on the way to her house would surely attract the attention of the authorities, and Mr. Herrick's phone call to Krueger from Morris's house would prompt Kreuger to alert the police when he fails to turn up. Rod Serling, however, wasn't bothered by such trifles. He apparently felt they would only distract the viewer, even if they also spark the viewer's curiosity.
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    • Author: Rgia
    Ann Blyth never looked better than when she played the enchanting and thoroughly wicked "Queen of the Nile" in this last season Twilight Zone episode. The "Queen" is an old-time actress whose career dates back to the 1930s, but somehow she's retained her youthful appearance. Lee Philips plays a Hollywood reporter who visits Ms. Blyth in her mansion and falls under her spell, believing her when she tells him that she was "very young" when she made some of her more famous movies. Along comes someone (Celia Lovsky) who appears old enough to be Ann's mother and her unsettling demeanor is disturbing to both Ms. Blyth and her guest. Philips hangs around long enough to discover that the old lady claims to be her DAUGHTER. That should have been the big hint to tell him that something was terribly wrong. Since this is the Twilight Zone, Philips instead proceeds with his newfound relationship with Ms. Blyth at his own risk and to his utter detriment. You might say that Ann needs some fresh blood to enliven her moribund career and Philips has plenty to provide her with.

    "Queen of the Nile" has some twists and turns that will keep viewers interested until the final curtain. Ann Blyth, more noted for playing nice girls (except for her turn in "Mildred Pierce"), does a fine job as the wicked lady and she exudes just the right amount of sensuality to give the role some much-needed life-blood (no pun intended). Philips, a veteran of a catalog full of television performances, is his usual competent self in the role of the bewildered and star-struck reporter. Old-time actress Celia Lovsky is perfect as Ms. Blyth's "young" daughter. What can you say? Some people just don't age as graceful as others.
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    • Author: Vushura
    I have to say, Rod Serling inserted a clever reference into this story about an ageless movie siren, portrayed by Ann Blyrh. Like the most famous character she portrayed in film, Pamela Morris lives like the 'Queen of the Nile', basking in her timeless youth and beauty. A year earlier, Hollywood released it's blockbuster film "Cleopatra" starring Elizabeth Taylor. If you recall Jordy Herrick's (Lee Phillips) conversation with the editor of his newspaper, Kreuger mentioned that there was a 1920 silent film also called 'Queen of the Nile'. The star of that film was - Constance Taylor! And if I'm not stretching too far, Ann Blyth had quite a passing resemblance to Liz Taylor as well.

    This episode did a nice job of setting up the twist to follow, in fact, that came half way through the story with the revelation that Viola Draper (Celia Lovsky) was the DAUGHTER of Pamela, and not the mother. Seeing these shows as a youngster back in the day, this was a revelation that just blew me away like a lot of the Twilight Zone's did. One of the reasons it's so easy to recall these shows after so many years, as they made such an impression the first time around.

    It's too bad old Jordy didn't see it coming despite the warnings of Viola. The thing is, many of these TZ stories ended with just such an ending of finality for one of it's characters without ever considering the aftermath. Wouldn't someone come looking for the writer once he failed to show up for his next assignment? I guess Serling's intent was for the viewer never to take it that far, instead going for the shock and surprise of the moment to captivate the audience. This was one of those times when it genuinely did.
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    • Author: Mikarr
    The other reviews say it all so I don't fear to disclose that Constance uses a scarab (a live one!) to drain the life force from unsuspecting men(always men??) in order to keep her eternal good looks. Having Celia Lovsky as an aged "daughter" was a nice touch- that woman can say more with her eyes than with any dialogue- but speaking of dialogue, it's never explained why Constance has no accent and her 'daughter' has a distinctly Austrian/German accent!! Guess Celia couldn't imitate an American accent well, so they just left it in, but it is the one jarring note in a good episode- and yes, it's the perfect companion to the Walter Jameson episode- this time with the "happy" ending that Constance Taylor keeps going on!
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    • Author: Weiehan
    In season one, Kevin McCarthy played a professor who turned out to be semi-immortal. In other words, if he avoided serious injuries like gunshots, he could live forever! Now, in season five, the same story has been recycled in "Queen of the Nile"--though with a much darker edge this time.

    The show begins with a reporter coming to the home of a pretty film star that looks amazing for her age (Ann Blythe). At first, the show seems friendly and innocent enough. However, once the interview gets started it is obvious that the man is looking for something--some more sinister or unusual story. Again and again, he confronts her about her age and seems confused that she could only be 38. Later, after he digs a bit more outside the interview, he learns she should be at least in her 60s. What gives?!

    While the idea is a re-tread, as least the nice evil twist at the end makes the show more interesting and different. Still, the show will fill you with a strong sense of deja-vu if you've seen the previous episode.
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    • Author: INwhite
    "Queen of the Nile" is an absolutely mediocre TZ episode that is indicative of the creative malaise that affected most of the final season. Essentially a female version of the far superior "Walter Jameson" plot from Season 1, this show is sabotaged by its utterly ordinary direction, and a set that includes bright 60's-style sitcom lighting and lots of obvious painted backdrops. In other words, absolutely no visual atmosphere or character.

    A lot of the dialogue, though, helps to build intensity, and the big revelation of the old woman (very effectively played by Celia Lovsky, Peter Lorre's real-life wife) which comes right before the commercial break is pretty cool. As the drama moves to its conclusion, it gets better, and the scenes of Herrick on the phone with his editor are actually pretty suspenseful.

    But then it's back to the brightly lit glare of 60's suburbia that feels more appropriate for the Dick van Dyke show than the horrific conclusion to this tale. The ending is really pretty shocking, especially for 1964 prime time TV...and definitely TZ's most gruesome scene of all, in my opinion.

    I was a lad of 8 when I saw the network premiere of "Long Live Walter Jameson" in March of 1960...and that ending really freaked me. I consider myself very lucky that I wasn't at the same impressionable age and sensibility in 1964 when "Queen of the Nile" debuted; had I seen it then, I am sure I would have been traumatized. Now are you curious enough to watch it?
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    • Author: SlingFire
    Ann Blyth stars as ageless film star Pamela Morris, who is adored and envied by her fans, but who has a mysterious past that a syndicated journalist(played by Lee Philips) hopes to uncover. He is of course enchanted by her beauty, but his curiosity and professional ethics propel him to investigate her past, where he discovers a most startling secret that Miss Morris will protect at all costs... Mediocre episode has a fine cast and interesting story, but this is also quite predictable, even sad, though remains entertaining despite this. This is just a female version of earlier(and superior) episode 'Long Live Walter Jameson'.
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    • Author: Xmatarryto
    Reminded me of the H. Rider Haggard novel, "She," but that's not where the writer Charles Beaumont got the idea. Beaumont was pretty ill by this time and writing was beyond him. One of his co-authors who was wearing a scarab ring suggested the story.

    Briefly, Ann Blyth is a famous movie star being interviewed by a reporter, Lee Philips, who begins to suspect that she's much older than the thirty-eight years she claims to be. Evidence accumulates that she's had many names in the past and has always looked as beautiful and glamorous as she does now. Philips asks her how she does it, and Blyth shows him. Too bad for Philips.

    Aging was a problem that was commonly addressed on "The Twilight Zone," and why not? We all face it, and the dissolution that follows. There's nothing good about being old unless you're Chinese. It's all downhill, which was the underlying theme of "Citizen Kane" too.

    There is nothing particularly special about this episode though. Ann Blyth had a stunning voice but her acting talents were pedestrian. She was fine when she was dressed in period costumes, standing in front of lavish sets, and singing. Here, make up has given her a coif of black hair that looks made of iron and frames her already oversized face and forehead. Maybe it was intended to give her presence a sinister cast. If so, it succeeded.

    You'll probably recognize the actress Celia Lovsky, who plays Blyth's mother/daughter. But I'll bet you won't figure out why Blyth speaks with the accent of general America whereas Lovsky has a Viennese accent.
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    • Author: the monster
    The plot that involves a timeless female using living people to perpetuate her beauty had already been done several times (The Wasp Woman, etc.). This is not a bad episode. It has good acting and a fun premise. The idea of the Queen of the Nile going on for eternity is certainly intriguing. I couldn't help but think of the Praying Mantis (more bugs), as I watched this. The universe has rules and for what lives something must die and this carries on that theme. I did feel sorry for the poor saps who let their sexual urges get in the way of their common sense. They are the drones to her queen bee. She certainly gets the final say.
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    • Author: I love Mercedes
    This episode was broadcast on March 6, 1964.

    According to IMDb Ann Blyth was born August 16, 1928. That would have made her 35 (and a half!) years old when this episode was shot. Not sure why they made her character "38" years old.

    Also interesting is that they seemed to have "aged" Celia Lovsky. Here she was 67 years old, but in the Star Trek 'Amok Time', she was 70 but looked younger than she does here.

    The problem with having seen too many horror type films, I think I saw this idea of an ancient Egyptian using the Scarab beetle as a means to transfer life force, but I cannot remember the title, or if it was before this episode or after.

    The ending for this seems obvious when 'Jordy' first notices the Scarab beettle sculpture.

    btw, in reference to reviewer bkoganbing, Joan Collins guest starred on a recent (March 8th, 2019) episode of the new Hawaii 5-0. She did not look much older than when she was on Dynasty.

    Maybe she has her own Scarab beetle?
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    • Author: hulk
    If this Twilight Zone were made today Joan Collins would be the one doing it. She's another of those who never loses her looks.

    But Ann Blyth stars in this episode. She's Pamela Morris who's been playing beautiful seductresses for a long time on the screen. She lives in splendid isolation in Hollywood with senior citizen Celia Lovsky as her only companion.

    Investigative journalist Lee Phillips who works for some tabloid rag has been checking into Blyth. But I'm sure he wasn't ready for the answer Celia Lovsky gave him as to their relationship. Or quite ready for Blyth's plans for him.

    This is one of the best Twilight Zone stories out there.
  • Episode complete credited cast:
    Ann Blyth Ann Blyth - Pamela Morris / Constance Taylor
    Lee Philips Lee Philips - Jordan 'Jordy' Herrick
    Celia Lovsky Celia Lovsky - Viola Draper
    Frank Ferguson Frank Ferguson - Krueger
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