Passage on the Lady Anne
|"Passage on the Lady Anne"|
|The Twilight Zone episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Lamont Johnson|
|Written by||Charles Beaumont
(from his short story "Song for a Lady")
|Featured music||Rene Garriguenc|
|Original air date||May 9, 1963|
|List of Twilight Zone episodes|
Six years into a troubled marriage, a young couple hopefully embark on a second honeymoon and their last chance at reconciliation. They board an old ocean liner, the Lady Anne, for a 13-day crossing from New York to Southampton, England.
The couple, Eileen and Allan Ransome, soon realize that all the other passengers are elderly and their vessel seems to be following a meandering course. Quarreling aboard the ship, they decide to divorce when they return home. Then Eileen disappears.
When her husband finds her again, Eileen is wearing the nightgown that one of their fellow passengers wore on her honeymoon. The Ransomes find their love rekindled and are dancing in the ship's ballroom when the Lady Anne's engines suddenly stop. The captain enters and informs the young couple that he is putting them off the ship, telling them that there isn't time for lengthy explanations.
Despite their objections, the captain and the other passengers are adamant that the Ransomes cannot continue on the ship. The Ransomes are forced into a lifeboat stocked with provisions and set adrift in mid-ocean while the Lady Anne speeds away, never to be seen again. The Ransomes are picked up by a cutter after a few hours, but they can find no report of the Lady Anne docking in England or anywhere else.
This was the last episode actually written by Charles Beaumont. Although there would be other episodes credited to Beaumont later, according to The Twilight Zone Companion, these episodes were ghostwritten, primarily by Jerry Sohl and John Tomerlin, as Beaumont was seriously ill.
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