Immediately after their wedding, Virginia and Alex Walker return to his mother's house to make arrangements for it to be sold. Virginia has waited a long time to marry Alex as his domineering mother Henrietta doted - and smothered - him. Going back home has a strange effect on him as he reconnects with his his environment such as his room and his toys. He slowly begins to change and Virginia realizes that her mother-in-law's influence hasn't subsided. Written by
Although Rod Serling's opening narration describes the character Alex Walker as 34 years old, he looks much older, and in fact, the actor, Alex Nicol was 46 years old, at the time. See more »
The closeup shot of the Screen Digest magazine resting against the pillow on the chair features a photo of Carole Lombard, but the long shot features a photo of a different actress. (possibly deliberate) See more »
You're looking at the house of the late Mrs. Henrietta Walker. This is Mrs. Walker, herself, as she appeared twenty-five years ago. And this, except for isolated objects, is the living room of Mrs. Walker's house, as it appeared in that same year. The other rooms, upstairs and down, are much the same. The time, however, is not twenty-five years ago - but now. The house of the late Mrs. Henrietta Walker is, you see, a house which belongs almost entirely to the past, a house ...
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Few actresses have been as good at conveying troubled emotions as the redoubtable Phyllis Thaxter. Here she's got a showcase. Her newly-wed Virginia Walker returns with husband (Nicol) to his boyhood home before leaving on their honeymoon. Trouble is hubby's gradually overcome by nostalgia for his mother and and their boyhood life together. But is it just his nostalgia or is it an infernal force in the house that's drawing him back. Maybe it's even the spectral spirit of his dead mother, beckoning. Meanwhile, Virginia's having her own misperceptions—a dial phone becomes an old upright, an old kitchen suddenly replaces the modern one. Then there's that infernal grandfather clock that appears to have a mind of its own.
Throughout this gradual return of the past, Thaxter must register the growing panic, which she does expertly. No, nothing much happens in an action-filled way, so the cast, along with ace director Brahm, carries the load. Still, the results show how this classic series could lift even an actionless and time-worn premise to highly entertaining heights.
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