Circle of Fear (1972–1973)
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At the Cradle Foot 

Paul, a recently divorced man, has a dream that his daughter Emily gets murdered as an adult. Believing it to be a premonition, he goes to the town where this will happen to see if he can ... See full summary »

Director:

Don McDougall

Writers:

Anthony Lawrence, Richard Matheson (developer)
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Episode cast overview:
Sebastian Cabot ... Winston Essex
James Franciscus ... Paul Dover
Elizabeth Ashley ... Karen Dover
Jeremy Slate ... Rafe Norris
Meg Foster ... Julie Barnes
Lorie Busk Lorie Busk ... Young Emily Dover (as Lori Busk)
Lisa James Lisa James ... Grown-up Emily
George McCallister George McCallister ... Rafe Norris Jr. (as George McCallister Jr.)
Karl Swenson ... Ed Barnes
Judson Pratt ... The Judge
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Paul, a recently divorced man, has a dream that his daughter Emily gets murdered as an adult. Believing it to be a premonition, he goes to the town where this will happen to see if he can prevent it. While there, he falls for Julie the owner of the boardinghouse where he is staying. It turns out that Julie is engaged to Ed, who turns out to be the man who murders Emily in Paul's vision. Chaos ensues as Paul and Ed end up fighting over Julie, and Ed ends up dead. Paul gets off by claiming the death was an accident, but Julie has one more nasty surprise waiting for Paul before he leaves town for good. Written by dwr246

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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James Franciscus has his hair combed with a part on his left-hand side throughout. When a young girl plays on the wheel in the playground early in the story, the part changes to his right-handed side in a couple of close-up shots. See more »

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Ghost Story: AT THE CRADLE FOOT {TV} (Don McDougall, 1972) ***
2 May 2014 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is the best entry in the series I watched in tribute to its creator William Castle; the plot is certainly the most original and intriguing and, incredibly enough, somewhat predates James Cameron's THE TERMINATOR (1984) by a decade. A man (James Franciscus) is estranged from his wife (Elizabeth Ashley) over what she deems the excessive attention he gives to tragic premonitions received via recurrent nightmares. Though Franciscus had failed to save his father, he determines not to repeat the same error with his little daughter – and, in this case, manages to get Ashley involved as well (she even begins to have visions of her own!). The event that he witnesses this time around is his girl's death (shot while riding a horse in a carousel!) in the distant future – at the hands of a young man who, as it turns out, has yet to be born…so he has a hard time preventing the murderer's would-be parents from getting hitched!! What he tries to do, in fact, is seduce the boy's mother (Meg Foster from Laurence Harvey's WELCOME TO ARROW BEACH {1974}) away from her fiancé – even if it means Ashley has to witness the 'affair'! This seems to work because the prospective husband confronts them on the point of jointly leaving town and, in a tussle for his gun, ends up killed by Franciscus! The irony is that Foster is already pregnant…yet Ashley persuades her former hubby to spare her and, by extension, the baby too – arguing that the incident has brought the couple back together again, so the best they could hope for is to reshape their daughter's grown-up life! The title refers to a quotation imprinted over the entrance of the local courthouse – where Franciscus first sees the trial of his daughter's killer, but is then himself arraigned over the death of that same man's dad! An amusing idea during the prophetic passages – lifted outright, incidentally, from Castle's own comic fantasy ZOTZ! (1962) – involves a slowed-down soundtrack whenever the characters speak.


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