After a little boy vanishes in a magic shop, he comes back later with supernatural powers and evil intentions.

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Himself - Host
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Grainger
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Mrs. Grainger
John Megna ...
Anthony 'Tony' Grainger
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Mr. Dulong
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Mr. Adams
William Sargent ...
Dr. Stone
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Herlie (as Ted deCorsia)
Hugh Sanders ...
The 1st Cop
Rolfe Sedan ...
The Old Man
Audrey Swanson ...
Eric's Mother
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The Intern
Brian Corcoran ...
Eric
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Steven Grainger gives his son Tony money for his birthday, and takes the little boy to a remote magic store in town, where Tony can spend his money. The owner, Mr. Dulong, sees a promising future in the youngster, and offers to teach him all he knows about "real" magic. Tony's eyes fill with delight and stepping into a cabinet, he promptly disappears. Dulong then vanishes as well, leaving Mr. Grainger stranded in the streets, searching for his son. Strangely enough, the magic shop has vanished, along with Tony. Written by alfiehitchie

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10 January 1964 (USA)  »

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When Mr. Grainger is lying in the street a man in a car comes up on him. The first shot is from the inside of the car. You can see what looks like small leaves on the hood and the lower part of the windshield. It may be drops of water since the scene is after a rain shower. However, when the driver exits the car in the next shot, the hood and windshield are both clean and dry. See more »

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Great Story, Badly Marred By Appalling Child Actor
13 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the title says. In addition to being monumentally unconvincing, the child was also distractingly hideous, which didn't help. What compelled his parents to have him try to act, or Hitchcock to hire him, I cannot imagine.

It's a real shame, as the tale itself is quite compelling, and it's fun to see such a departure for this show.

Nielsen does a fine job as the boy's baffled father. He's very sympathetic. David Opatoshu is sadly underused, but effective, in his turn as the shopkeeper. And I would be remiss if I didn't note the master-class work turned in by Paul Hartman as a kindly neighbor! He barely appears, but is extremely memorable.

The teleplay is based on a 1903 H.G. Wells story, which I believe I shall read; it is now in the public domain and available online. I just hope I'll be able to visualize it with a different child, after seeing this.


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