Circle of Fear (1972–1973)
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Bobby is a very bright, but very sickly boy with a particular fondness for chess. As he starts fifth grade, he is delighted to find that his teacher is the very popular Miss Gilden, with ... See full summary »

Director:

David Lowell Rich

Writers:

Stanley Ellin (stories), D.C. Fontana (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Sebastian Cabot ... Winston Essex
Helen Hayes ... Miss Gilden (as Miss Helen Hayes)
Charles Aidman ... Jack Cameron
Gene Andrusco ... Davey
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Molly Cameron (as Collin Wilcox-Horne)
Geoffrey Horne ... Mr. Harkness
Phyllis Love Phyllis Love ... Joan Howard
Janet MacLachlan ... Mrs. Dillon
Michael-James Wixted Michael-James Wixted ... Robert Cameron
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Bobby is a very bright, but very sickly boy with a particular fondness for chess. As he starts fifth grade, he is delighted to find that his teacher is the very popular Miss Gilden, with whom he forms a close friendship. Unfortunately, early in the school year, Bobby becomes too sick to go to school. After a short period of time, an alter-ego who looks exactly like Bobby appears and tells him not to worry, he will go to school for Bobby and come home and tell him what he has learned. Unfortunately, the alter ego terrorizes Miss Gilden, ultimately disgracing her and causing her death. As the alter-ego becomes stronger, Bobby becomes weaker until the alter-ego suggests that they play a game of chess to decide who should live as Bobby. With his life as the stakes, Bobby needs to best this evil version of himself. Assistance comes from an unexpected source. Written by dwr246

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It's amazing what the id can do...
27 November 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Homebound youngster with a broken leg conjures up his own doppelgänger to relieve his boredom, but his double has a malevolent side and mischievously substitutes for the child at school. Well-produced but perplexing episode from William Castle's short-lived anthology series "Ghost Story" has an unshakable overlay of Tom Tryon's "The Other" plus other odd touches, such as the boy's nervous-seeming father hesitant about going upstairs to see his own kid. (Miss) Helen Hayes plays the proverbial soon-to-retire schoolteacher, so loyal she walks to the boy's home after school to deliver his homework...and yet doesn't think to alert his parents after the kid expresses a desire to see her dead. Young actor Michael-James Wixted works his carefully-coached sly grins and evil glances for maximum impact, but he's off-putting instead of intriguing. And is there any hoarier device for chills than killing the pet cat?


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