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A Wig for Miss Devore 

An aging actress tries for a comeback in a film about a witch hanged for murder. As a stunt she insists on wearing the historical woman's wig, which turns out to be cursed, changing her into a literal man-killer.

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John Brahm

Writers:

August Derleth (adaptation), August Derleth (story) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Patricia Barry ... Sheila Devore
John Baragrey ... George Machik
John Fiedler ... Herbert Bleake
Herbert Rudley ... Max Quinke
Linda Watkins ... Arabella Foote
Ina Victor ... Betty
Bernard Fein Bernard Fein ... Lester Clyne
William O'Connell ... Chester #2
Pamela Searle ... Meg Peyton
Maurice Dallimore ... Bokor #1
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Chester #1
Kendrick Huxham ... Bishop
Jonathan Morris Jonathan Morris ... Bokor # 2
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An aging actress tries for a comeback in a film about a witch hanged for murder. As a stunt she insists on wearing the historical woman's wig, which turns out to be cursed, changing her into a literal man-killer.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The execution with which the story begins, supposedly in eighteenth-century England, employs the "long drop" method of hanging which did not appear until after the 1868 reforms which ended public executions and thus did not encourage protracted suffering. See more »

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Roots Of Evil
2 November 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Patricia Barry stars as Sheila Devore, an aging actress eager to make a comeback in films, and thinks she has found the perfect vehicle in a script about a witch(seen in the prologue) who was hanged for her crimes, but who wore a reputedly cursed wig that gave her the power of eternal youth, but who must wear it all the time, as its roots take hold, or it will reveal something horrible, which was a warning that goes unheeded by Sheila, who loves the wig, even as the bodies of her enemies start to pile up, and her secret is threatened with public exposure... Barry is believable as the actress, with amusing in-jokes about Hollywood, though the final freeze-frame is more effective than the climatic reveal(though it is still well-remembered).


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