Robert Montgomery Presents: Season 3, Episode 30

The Ringmaster (26 May 1952)

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A one-time actor suffered a crippling injury early in his career. Now managing a inn, he takes great delight in influencing the lives of his guests--in negative ways.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Peter Hammond
Ann Hammond
Robert Coote ...
John Merivale ...
Sarah Burton ...
Betty Sinclair ...
Mrs. West
Mary Lou Taylor ...
Stuart Burge ...
The Mechanic
Nelson Case ...
Announcer for Johnson's Wax
Dorothy Francis ...
Demonstrator for Margaret Scott


Peter Hammond's acting career ended after an accident put him in a wheelchair. Now, he and his wife, Ann, are inn-keepers in the British countryside. Their one-time stage manager arrives and finds his old friend a changed man. Bitter and angry, Peter takes out his revenge on everyone around him. He manipulates and destroys their lives, taking great delight in orchestrating their unhappiness. Written by Jay Phelps <>

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Poor Quality
18 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Although working in television during the 1950s wasn't a step down for Vincent Price, this particular project had poor production values. It doesn't anywhere near the quality of 'Science Fiction Theatre' which was shot in colour, nor does it have a good story like 'Summer Theatre'. Television was obviously in its infant stage at this point, but equally there were other serials that had higher production values. What this episode needed was a good script, even though it had the germ of a good idea. The performances didn't lift the story, nor did the direction add anything to the story. It is obvious that this series did not stand the test of time because it wasn't that good.

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