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The Ghost's Story/The Spoilers 

Baltimore secretary Amanda Parsons must stay a full night in a haunted house in order to prove her knowledge of the occult; and bounty hunter Harry Bodine sets out to catch wily and elusive bank robber Nick Tanner.

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Baltimore secretary Amanda Parsons must stay a full night in a haunted house in order to prove her knowledge of the occult; and bounty hunter Harry Bodine sets out to catch wily and elusive bank robber Nick Tanner.

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8 May 1982 (USA)  »

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Bitter endings
21 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You may not like this review, my fellow "Islanders", but I call 'em as I see 'em, as this episode had me disappointed after a solid start. The faces include an unimpressive Tanya Roberts, Bo Hopkins, who was probably the best of this bunch, Jo Ann Pflug, Robert Fuller, and Dack Rambo(credited as Rambeau), although I don't recall seeing him at all. Regarding Rambo or Rambeau, or whatever, I have to wonder if the decision to change his last name had anything to do with John Rambo from First Blood(1982)? Interestingly enough, the film came out 5 months AFTER this episode, unless Dack got wind of the vicious Rambo before the film came out. The world may never know, or care. Anyway, "The Ghost's Story" had a very strong start, as a woman(Roberts)wishes to stay in a haunted house for a night, and if she does, she'll receive a large sum of money. The best moment of this entire episode has her staring at a painting for a few seconds, then moments later she sees these scary visions of demonic faces coming at her, including one with hands and claws! The problem is that the next scene she meets a wimpy ghost, who was cursed by his father for cowardice, and is doomed to spend an eternity in the old mansion. The ghost looks AND acts like a wimp, and that lessened the effect the story had on me, and Roberts' performance didn't help matters either. I'm not that surprised that her acting bio is less than stellar. The other story, "The Spoilers", wasn't anything all that great either, but Hopkins and Fuller were both pretty good together. I didn't like the fact that Fuller and Pflug's characters got married by the end of the story, as she didn't seem romantically interested in either man though. Like I said above, the endings of both stories, even though I disliked the first story early on, dragged the episode down for me.


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