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



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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Mrs. Grainger
John Megna ...
Anthony 'Tony' Grainger
Mr. Dulong
Mr. Adams
William Sargent ...
Dr. Stone
Herlie (as Ted deCorsia)
Hugh Sanders ...
The 1st Cop
Rolfe Sedan ...
The Old Man
Audrey Swanson ...
Eric's Mother
The Intern
Brian Corcoran ...


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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1.33 : 1
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When the boy starts the fire in the neighbor's house you can clearly see it start in the upstairs window. But when they show the house on fire shortly thereafter, you can see it's archive footage of a single story house-fire. See more »

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Memorable and untypical episode
1 July 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

I have bad mouthed producer Joan Harrison's other hour long episodes, so must praise her this time. Like with the CONSIDER HER WAYS episode this is an unusual story for the series, unlike that episode this is well scripted. It does have a Twilight Zone like quality though it is better than most of the hour long Twilight Zones. And yes a particular Zone half-hour episode did kind of set the bar high for how this story resolves but that does not make this show unworthy, in fact it rivals that chilling ending. And this is based on an H.G.WELLS story that pre-dates Zone's IT'S A GOOD LIFE by a number of years anyway. Though the original story covers events in about the first half of this show, they extrapolate the rest in the adaptation.

Basic situation starting with trying to fulfill a child's birthday wishes leads into unreality and doubt keeps twisting and turning heading into places you don't expect. It's well acted and there are a few memorable flourishes from director Robert Stevenson. One involving a fire and another a crushed head. Music score is well done and was reused in other episodes. Only weak element here involves some off screen dog action that just comes off as cheap. In the original story the animal is a cat, just FYI. Naturally too the short story has more elaborate magic tricks than could be done when this show was produced. But what they do show here is effective most of the time.

There is some real horror here and a nice non-explanation explanation scene somewhat like the diner scene in THE BIRDS where the whys of the situation are left open but given some possible reasons and creating more genuine mystery to the whole thing.

This is ultimately a horror story with some horror in it and thought.

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