CBS Library (1979–1983)
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Vincent Price narrates three tales of terror: "The Ghost Belonged To Me," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "The House With A Clock In Its Walls".


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Kimmer Ringwald (teleplay), John Bellairs (story "The House With a Clock in its Walls") | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Vincent Price ... Himself - Host
Rene Auberjonois ... Ichabod Crane (segment "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow")
Severn Darden ... Jonathan Barnavelt
Mike Brick Mike Brick ... Lewis Barnavelt (as Michael Brick)
Mary Betten Mary Betten ... Selena Izard
Alexandria Johnson Alexandria Johnson ... Girl Ghost
Christian Berrigan Christian Berrigan ... Alexander
Pat Petersen Pat Petersen ... Tarby Corrigan
Jessica Pennington ... Blossom Culp (as Jessica Lynn Pennington)
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Katrina
Guy Boyd ... Brom Bones
Wayne Heffler Wayne Heffler ... Bus Driver
Robert Foster Robert Foster ... Headless Horseman


Vincent Price narrates three tales of terror: "The Ghost Belonged To Me," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "The House With A Clock In Its Walls".

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Release Date:

21 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vincent Price's Once Upon a Midnight Scary See more »

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Production Co:

Asselin Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The story based off of John Bellairs's novel, "The House With A Clock In Its Walls", has also been adapted into a full length feature film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018). See more »

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Fun and Creative Episode
19 July 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

CBS Library: Once Upon a Midnight Scary (1979)

Vincent Price hosts and narrates this episode of the CBS Library series. This here has three different horror tales told with the main goal of making kids interested in reading the actual books. Richard Peck's "The Ghost Belonged to Me" deals with a young man who gets a premonition due to a ghost in his barn. Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" deals with the subject that we all know. Finally, John Bellairs' "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" deals with a possible magician.

I'm really not familiar with this series and mainly watched this episode since it featured Price. As you'd expect, Price is a great host thanks in large part to that terrific voice and he does a very good job here. He only appears in between all the episodes but he's certainly fun to watch and listen to.

As far as the stories go, they're all aimed at children and they're told in a way that children would be entertained. I thought all three stories were rather entertaining for what they were but the best would probably be the first one and then the final one. The Sleepy Hollow wasn't bad but we've certainly heard this story countless times and what was offered here wasn't the greatest.

The film benefits from some nice production design and there's no question that all three stories are well-made. It's interesting to note that none of the three stories are completed because, as Price states, kids will need to read the books to find out how they end. This little gimmick is actually a nice and creative way to make kids want to read.

Episode; B

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