Circle of Fear: Season 1, Episode 12

Creatures of the Canyon (15 Dec. 1972)
"Ghost Story" Creatures of the Canyon (original title)

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Episode cast overview:
Winston Essex
Carol Finney
Arthur Mundy
Madlyn Rhue ...
Georgia Strauss
Mary Murphy ...
Maggie Mundy


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This ghost story fails to add up...worth-catching solely for Dickinson's superb performance
2 October 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Recently-widowed young woman is terrorized by the black Doberman her husband once owned, the one she begged him to get rid of. Writer Del Reisman's teleplay for this doggy ghost story is pure balderdash, not helped by a visual shock at the finish line which fails to come off. However, Angie Dickinson's acting in the central role could not be improved upon. Rarely have I seen a poorly-conceived episode from an anthology series redeemed by a single performance. Dickinson, not particularly noted for being an award-caliber actress, obviously put a lot of thought and sensitivity into her work here, and it shows. The scene where Angie goes to the dog's new owners and asks them very gently to please keep the dangerous pooch tied up is flawlessly rendered, as is another sequence where Dickinson realizes her neighbors are trying to win over her new dog (one that looks amazingly like Scruffy from "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir"). The rest of the piece is muddled up with dog attacks (both real and imagined), a silly red herring involving a doggy statue outside Dickinson's office, and a weird bit of sibling battle between Angie and her sister. None of this works very well, but it nearly doesn't matter when the leading performance is so terrific.

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