At a house party, Lucy Prior allows herself to be hypnotized by Miles Farnham. While under his spell, she claims to be a woman living in 1853 and in the process of describing what she did, picks up a pair of scissors and kills her husband. In looking into the case, the coroner determines that in 1853 a woman did just as Lucy described but is suspicious that this could be a sham. At the inquest, Miles suggests that he hypnotize Lucy, with unexpected consequences. Written by
Did You Know?
At an inquest depicted in the drama, there is a reference to a Dr. Malcolm Atterbury having signed a death certificate. No doubt this was an in-joke as there was an actor named Malcolm Atterbury
who had appeared in an earlier first-season Hitchcock program and was filming North by Northwest
(1959) at the time this one was made. See more
Lucy states that the US president in 1853 was "Benjamin Pierce." There was never any President Benjamin Pierce. Franklin Pierce took the office in March 1853, following Millard Fillmore. Pierce's father and one of his sons were named Benjamin, however. See more