The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 2, Episode 16

The Evil of Adelaide Winters (7 Feb. 1964)

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A woman runs a psychic scam with hidden speakers to make people believe she can contact their dead love ones, and one man believes she has contacted his dead son, so he becomes dangerously obsessed with her sessions.

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Adelaide Winters
John Larkin ...
Edward Porter
Gene Lyons ...
Robert McBain
Sheila Bromley ...
Mrs. Thompson
Bartlett Robinson ...
Mr. Thompson
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A woman and her accomplice scan the news for the names of the war's recent dead or missing. She contacts those families whose addresses indicate wealth, assuring them that she can communicate with their lost loved ones. One rich man is so appreciative of the medium's ability to "speak" with his dead son that he invites her to move into his home so that she can be available for sessions at any time. While her accomplice presses her to finish milking the man so that they can move on, the scam artist decides to urge the man to thoughts of marriage. The grieving father does indeed have in mind a more permanent union of the medium, himself, and his son. Written by Morganalee

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The same year Kim Hunter starred as a medium in this segment, Kim Stanley was in England starring in the theatrical film Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), as a more sincere medium. See more »

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plays like a feature film, memorable moments.
4 July 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

It's not structured or paced like a TV show which I guess might make it less exciting and typical for this series but those, I think are assets. The stand out performance and writing is of the GI father's character and Kim Hunter is terrific as well. There is one montage scene of a boat on the ocean that is beautiful and suggestive of the powers of belief/memory it's really startlingly good. The director Laszlo Benedick is under-rated and does one of his many good jobs with this borderline horror/ noirish show.

This montage and maybe the whole episode is simple in terms of elements but perfectly done. The final sequence is also very well done with a couple of beautiful and haunting dolly shots leading to the memorable final. The show could go in several directions but the one it does go in is the most powerful.

The show is well tracked with music from other episodes and really does suggest the power of loss and of suggestion. The tension builds as the characters and story deepens, lots of nice touches all around.

Also features one of the best sight gag Hitchcock wrap around segments of the whole series. You won't even be sure of how they did it. It's not the funniest wrap around, but visually the opening shot of Hitch is unforgettable.


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