Climax! (1954–1958)
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A Promise to Murder 

Lady Bertha Wetherby (Ann Harding) befriends mild-mannered palm reader Mr. Vorhees (Peter Lorre) and invites him to live with her at her estate. Her nephew, Randy (Louis Hayward), suspects ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Allen Reisner

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (story), John Kneubuhl (adapted by)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Louis Hayward ... Randy Townsend
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Vorhees
Ann Harding ... Lady Bertha Wetherby
William Lundigan ... Himself - Host (as Bill Lundigan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tristram Coffin ... Arthur
Art Gilmore ... Announcer
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Storyline

Lady Bertha Wetherby (Ann Harding) befriends mild-mannered palm reader Mr. Vorhees (Peter Lorre) and invites him to live with her at her estate. Her nephew, Randy (Louis Hayward), suspects that Vorhees is a fraud who is trying to take advantage of her kindness. However, as Randy attempts to expose him, many of Mr. Vorhees' predictions appear to be coming true...

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1955 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Cradle Song
(uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
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Casting will give you no clue
17 January 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Louis Hayward, Peter Lorre and Ann Harding co-star in this Climax production of A Promise To Murder. It's based on an Oscar Wilde story, but the production looks updated to the present of 1955. Wilde's story is a timeless one so it worked here.

Both Hayward and Lorre have portrayed sinister figures and both have been good guys, Hayward certainly a lot more than Lorre on the big screen. Casting will give you no tip off as to is up to some villainy here.

Lorre is a psychic who has entertained and amused the widow Harding, but not Hayward who may or may not have his own designs on her money. Certain things that Lorre said in psychic readings have come true as far as Harding and Hayward.

Hayward in fact moves in with his aunt even showing friendliness to Lorre. Is it true or is it feigned?

All I will say is that in a twisted way worthy of the Twilight Zone Lorre's predictions all come true about Hayward.

Climax was sponsored by Chrysler and we also get to see the 1955 Chrysler Corporation's new model cars. Host Bill Lundigan hawked the product the way Ronald Reagan did for General Electric. Didn't do quite as much for Lundigan as it did for Reagan.

And this was live back in 1955. Don't do that any more.


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