Follow the Sun: Season 1, Episode 27

A Ghost in Her Gazebo (18 Mar. 1962)

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A widow, now the head of a huge business, is urged to sell the company by her children. She decides to consult a medium in order to seek business advice from her late husband.

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Winifred
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Kathy Richards
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A widow, now the head of a huge business, is urged to sell the company by her children. She decides to consult a medium in order to seek business advice from her late husband.

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Cesar Romero and Elsa Lanchester guest Star
15 March 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

FOLLOW THE SUN – A Ghost in her Gazebo - 1962

This is the 27th episode from the 1961-62 series, FOLLOW THE SUN. The series, which ran for 30 episodes, follows a trio of free-lance magazine writers. The three are played by Barry Coe, Gary Lockwood and Brett Halsey. The gimmick here is that they are based in Honolulu. Also with recurring roles are Gigi Perreau as their secretary, and Jay Lanin as their contact with the local Police. Of course the three newsmen are always getting involved with the usual assortment of nasty types.

Reporter Brett Halsey is invited by his girl, Yvonne Craig, to go to a séance with Craig's wealthy aunt, Elsa Lanchester. Lanchester is being pressed by her two sons, Dan Barton and William Windom to sell the family business. It is all worth the tidy sum of 300 million dollars.

Lanchester wants the mediums, Cesar Romero and Ann Del Guercio to contact her late husband for advice. Romero and Del Guercio can see a cash cow when one appears, and intend to milk this one for all it is worth. They put on a pretty good show and Lanchester invites them to her private island for another séance.

Of course Halsey, Craig and the sons, Barton and Windom know it is all a con. But they are unable to convince Lanchester of this. Romero and company are of course more than happy to come to the island. Their fee is 10 grand.

On the island, the séance goes off with a glowing white ghost appearing who looks like Lanchester's late husband. He even has the same voice. Needless to say everyone is startled by the ghostly apparition. This includes Romero and Del Guercio. They sure as hell had nothing to do with it. The Ghost tells Lanchester not to sell the business, then, vanishes.

Windom and Barton now approach Romero and offer him 50 grand to pack up his bag of tricks and leave the island. Romero gladly accepts the check since he knows he had nothing to do with the apparition

Meanwhile, reporter Halsey is rooting around the estate looking for how the stunt had been staged. He soon stumbles onto a passageway from the gazebo to an underground chamber. There he finds Lanchester's servants running various levers and ropes. It turns out it was all a setup by Lanchester herself. She did not want to sell the business and was afraid of arguing with her sons over the matter. Everything is soon explained and the family makes up.

Not the best episode of series, that is for sure. But, having said that, it was a hoot watching old pro's Lanchester and Romero having a ball with their roles.


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