Original air date – 3/18/60
Written by Charles Beaumont | Directed by Tony Leader
Walter Jameson (Kevin McCarthy from the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers film) is a college professor whose knowledge of history seems as though he has first-hand experience living through the events he describes in his lectures. We learn quickly in the course of the episode that Jameson is engaged to Susanna (Dody Heath), the daughter of fellow professor and good friend, Samuel Kittridge (Edgar Stehli).
A scorned wife, the old lady discovers Jameson’s gun…
And just one shot in his chest ends Jameson’s 2000 years of cheating death. He begins to age right in front of Kittridge, who had just arrived at Jameson’s home to check on him.
By the time Jameson’s fiance and Kittridge daughter, Susanna, arrives at the house, Jameson is nowhere to be found.
What’s left of him are his clothes resting peacefully on the ground above a pile of 2000 year old dust.
Like The Picture of Dorian Gray, but without the painting, Long Live Walter Jameson (watch it here on imdb) lightly dabbles on the topic of eternal living with the same philosophical theory that living forever sucks. But who really has the authority to know. Seriously…
Just a few years after appearing in his star-making role in the original The Invasion of The Body Snatchers, Kevin McCarthy looked suave and perfect for the role of Walter Jameson. McCarthy would go on to live a long and fruitful life before passing on at 96 years old. Not bad for a mortal man.