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In 1887 France, a mother is starting to become worried about her young son. He has a recurring dream in which he looks for his dead father. His mother gets worried even more when he tells ... See full summary »

Director:

Hugo Haas

Writers:

John McGreevey (teleplay), Ivan Turgenev (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
George Sanders ... Baron
Sal Mineo ... Charles Monet
Patricia Morison ... Vivienne Monet
John Banner ... Prefect of Police
Lita Milan ... Amelia
André Villon André Villon ... Waiter
Norbert Schiller Norbert Schiller ... Old Man
Felix Nelson Felix Nelson ... Negro
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In 1887 France, a mother is starting to become worried about her young son. He has a recurring dream in which he looks for his dead father. His mother gets worried even more when he tells her that he has met a wealthy nobleman who wants to take him aboard ship for a trip to the West Indies. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1956 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sloppy Story, but with Compensations
21 July 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The story doesn't make much sense as long as we stick with the rules of reality. However, seems to me the point is that three people, not just one, can be haunted by a spectre, but one who comes and goes for no apparent reason. The trouble with the storyline is that it gives no reason for the haunting or for the spectre's actions, while the ending sort of wanders off to no particular point. Whatever the Turgenev story, this adaptation comes across as a poor one.

However, there are several compensating features. The episode is very well mounted, with good attention to set decoration and detail. Also, cinematographer Ivano manages to work the visual elements into an interestingly spooky atmosphere. Mineo too is quite good as the afflicted boy. Still, I would have expected Sanders to convey some hint of menace as the spectre. But maybe his generally genial manner is meant to keep us off balance. Anyway, I agree with others that the storyline is severely lacking; still, there are compensations, particularly for fans of the early Mineo.


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