"My True Love's Hair" is a dramatic interpretation of a traditional folk ballad called "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair." The song originated in Scotland but was popularized by American folk singer John Jacob Niles in the early part of the twentieth century. The exact lyrics and origin of the song are unknown, and many artists have created their own interpretations. Suspense took a large measure of dramatic license and created a story that would have played well on Escape.
The episode opens in Suva, the capital of Fiji. John Harveson, midshipman of the Sumatra Bell, arrives at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Genowith. He is greeted by Mr. Genowith, who immediately suspects that John is after Rachel, the beautiful servant girl who lives with them. John has come to them on behalf of an old friend, but that doesn't stop Mrs. Genowith from warning him away from Rachel.
John quickly falls for Rachel, and in doing so, kills the man who thought she was in love with him. Afterward, Rachel and John leave the scene of the crime, and then Rachel leaves him...
"My True Love's Hair" was written by Morton Fine and David David Friedkin. Elliott Lewis produced and directed. Jeff Chandler starred. Also appearing were Lillian Buyeff, Paula Winslowe, Joseph Kearns, Betty Harper, Jack Kruschen, Clayton Post, Martha Wentworth, and Ben Wright. Ernest Newton performed the ballad. This episode aired on October 19, 1953.
(Image of Jeff Chandler)