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Historical-based episode tells the reputed psychic vision that general George Washington had in his "winter of despair" in 1777 at his headquarters in Valley Forge. Washington is beset with doubt about whether or not to continue with the revolutionary war against the British, when victory is so uncertain, or should they fight on for full independence? A mysterious appearance of a supposedly dead Native American chief pointing out the seeming providential invulnerability of Washington, and his later vision of a future powerful and expansive country(despite a predicted civil war) convince him to soldier on to what would be a successful outcome. Interesting take on the future first American president and the psychic phenomenon that was the trademark of this three year series.
David J. Stewart stars as Dr. Atl, a once renowned personal physician to a recently deposed Mexican leader. Now a fugitive, Dr. Atl seeks refuge in the night in what turns out to be a haunted convent built on the remains of an Aztec shrine that is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a giant warrior who is said to return once a year, and wouldn't you know that time is tonight! The ghost does make an appearance, killing a corrupt government official about to arrest him, but now Atl is arrested for the crime, but a death mask bust of the murder victim just may clear him... The real(and now elderly) Dr. Atl makes a personal appearance at the end with John Newland, which gives this effective tale an extra bit of realism.
The Fortune Teller
Betty Garde stars as an old gypsy fortune teller in England whose act is all a shameless money-making fraud, until one day she is shocked to discover that she now really does seem to have the power of second sight, as she sees a vision of a murder involving a young woman, and her son, who is also in on the act, but of course he couldn't really be a potential killer...or could he? Routine and obvious entry has little novelty or point, having been told many times before and since, with this version being eminently forgettable, with little dramatic impact. One of those episodes easily skipped on the DVDs, and certainly not well remembered.
Lonny Chapman and Jean Engstrom play a married couple named Philip and Jan Werris, who check into a Canadian hotel now broke and desperate for money. Philip is an out-of-work writer, but discovers a book on gold prospecting by two missing men that seems to inspire him, as that night he finds himself "sleep writing", and in the morning his wife decides to send in the story he typed, and amazingly it is published! Trouble starts when the wife of one of the men comes by wanting answers, and so Philip investigates the matter himself by going to the mine, with surprising results... Interesting episode goes in unexpected directions, with an eerie, effective ending.
Future action superstar Charles Bronson makes an early TV appearance as a professional boxer named Yank Dawson, who, in 1944 London, is preparing for a major bout with a rival boxer, but is distracted by an old superstition that if you see a long deceased boxer named Paddy you will die soon, as it is an omen of death for some reason. His manager scoffs at such tales, but Yank isn't so sure, and when he catches a glimpse of Paddy in person, becomes quite worried, threatening to cost him not only the fight, but perhaps his life... Bronson is good here, and his distinct presence is obvious, with the twist at the end coming as an abrupt surprise.
A Soldier's Story
Set in 1862 during the American Civil War, this episode concerns a young, lost, and desperate Confederate Soldier named Jess Bradley(played by Buzz Martin) who also has with him his faithful dog. The boy is captured at a Union supply depot stealing food, but is later framed for espionage by a malicious Colonel Martin(played by Crahan Denton) who orders his execution. He also shoots the boy's dog for howling too much, but at the point of execution by firing squad, Martin sees the dog by the boy, but no one else does, and the ghostly dog seeks its own justice, protecting its master one last time... Stylish and authentic-looking tale will resonate most with animal lovers and Civil War buffs.
Georgeann Johnson stars as Kate Maxwell, a woman still grieving for her beloved marine husband Jim, who was reported lost at sea. Despite his presumed death, she is unwilling to let him go, which frustrates her suitor Fred Sommers(played by Donald Murphy) who has repeatedly proposed to her with no answer. One night while walking alone in the park, Kate is approached by a pushy and creepy man who wont leave her alone until a mysterious figure scares him away, but later on that man is arrested for the murder of another woman in that park, she learns that the figure was someone who was trying to help her in more ways than one. Obvious but effective episode.
Romantic themed episode stars Norma Crane as Marianne, a woman who is trying to reach the town of Woodmere, but fate keeps conspiring to send her to another town called Seaside, where she meets a married man named Bromley(played by Charles Aidman) with whom she begins a most unusual relationship, as they feel drawn to each other, but not physically, as they share memories from long ago events they were not concerned with, but as it turns out, her mother, who shares her own past and theories with them both later on when they visit her home. Mediocre episode is well acted but unremarkable and none too compelling, though is at least innocuous.
Unique episode takes on two different cases in the half-hour format with successful results, as it focuses on two mysterious people causing inexplicable events. The first is set in Chico California in 1922, where an unknown writer called "The Ghost" somehow drops rocks from the sky repeatedly on the town, in full view of its citizens, including newspapermen. The second concerns a mysterious man named Charles Elton who approaches a government official and demonstrates how he created a pellet that can turn water into gasoline! Before it can be purchased, Elton disappears, never to be heard from again... Where are these men? Most intriguing and memorable entry.
Peggy Ann Garner stars as Laura Perkins, a pregnant wife to husband John(played by John Lasell) who starts having an increasingly vivid psychic dream/vision of an unseen but heard airplane coming dangerously close to her house, and she becomes convinced that the plane will crash into their home, killing them, but both her doctor and husband are skeptical. Still, she convinces John to investigate the plane's serial numbers to determine its reality, and he is surprised to find that there is such a plane, which isn't supposed to fly, but a mistake changes that in a dramatic way... Engrossing entry is a bit thin but has good acting and a nice climatic twist.