Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
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Madame Flora conducts bogus seances to bilk grieving parents, but during one seance she feels hands around her neck and panics.


Paul Nickell


Gian Carlo Menotti (by)

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Episode credited cast:
Marie Powers Marie Powers ... Madame Flora / Baba
Lois Hunt Lois Hunt ... Monica
Leo Coleman Leo Coleman ... Toby
Leopoldo Savona Leopoldo Savona ... Toby (as Leo Coleman)
Beverly Dame Beverly Dame ... Mrs. Gobineau
Joseph Bell Joseph Bell ... Mr. Gobineau
Catherine Mastice Catherine Mastice ... Mrs. Nolan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Branson Paul Branson ... Announcer (voice)


In this opera, alcoholic Madame Flora stages another fake séance for her customers with the help of young Monica and Toby. The terrified faker calls a halt to the proceedings when when she feels a pair of hands clutching her throat. Madame Flora accuses Toby of choking her despite his claims of innocence. Days later, the drunken woman thinks she hears a ghost in her room and begins firing at the would-be specter. Written by Jay Phelps <>

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Release Date:

12 December 1948 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the only opera performed during the series' run. See more »


Remade as The Medium (1951) See more »


Prelude to the Stars
By Vic Oliver
Performed by Mantovani
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I just couldn't finish this was THAT bad.
22 September 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I've recently rented quite a few DVDs from Netflix featuring early teleplays from the early days of television. However, I was taken aback by this particular episode because it's from 1948--now THAT'S early and I had no idea they any shows that old any more. Not surprisingly, the Kinescope recording is pretty rough--but what do you expect considering its age!

"The Medium" certainly was not what I expecting. Instead of spoken dialog, it was all sung--and no, these were NOT songs but actual sung dialog. This sort of thing worked wonderfully with "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", but here the sing-song dialog was pretty tough to endure--particularly because some of the singing was very high-pitched and uncomfortable to hear. As a result, it is irritating and just about impossible to watch. Really, I didn't care after a bit about the story--I just wanted the awful singing to stop!! It's sad, really, as I usually love these old live plays. Plus, I really can respect all the hard work it took to present this in such a rapid manner. It's just the case where they had a rare failure.

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