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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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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7 February 1964 (USA)  »

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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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When Edward and Adelaide are looking at the projection, the view from behind shows him looking straight ahead. There is a quick cut to their faces in the middle of her monologue but he is looking directly to his left, at her. See more »

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A completely new outlook on the old séance subject
11 August 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This episode of the "Hitchcock Hour" certainly is unusual in MANY aspects: it revives the old subject of séances and mediums that had lost its popularity at least 20 years ago - and it gives a WHOLE new touch to it, like only Hitch knew how...

We know from the beginning that the 'evil' Adelaide Winters is simply another one of those con artists, playing the medium with great talent and success in order to 'help' grieving widows and parents communicate with their husbands or sons who died in the War (the episode is set in 1944); she feels, although she's collecting quite a good share of money from her 'séances', that she's really helping those people overcome their grief. And then she offers her services to a rich widower whose son has been reported missing - with the aim, of course, to marry him and his fortune; much to the anger of her jealous assistant and lover. BUT as the séances go on and become more and more realistic, the whole affair takes a TOTALLY different and unexpected turn...

Throughout those 50 minutes of running time, you'll hardly be able to take a breath - the atmosphere is so dense and danger literally in the air, and the performances are simply great; with first and foremost, of course, Kim Hunter in the title role. Of all the episodes of the "Hitchcock Hour" that I've seen so far, this is surely one of the best and most suspenseful!


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