Circle of Fear (1972–1973)
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A young couple move into a home that is haunted by a girl who had been hanged there many years ago and vowed never to be evicted from the site.


Richard Matheson, Richard Matheson (developer) | 1 more credit »




Episode credited cast:
David Birney ... John Travis
Barbara Parkins ... Eileen Travis
Sam Jaffe ... De Witt
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Ramsey
Sebastian Cabot ... Winston Essex
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Miss Tate
Caitlin Wyles Caitlin Wyles ... Thomasina Barros
Ivor Francis ... Priest
John Garwood ... Police Sgt. Booth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Castle ... Man Leaving Bar


John and Eileen are expecting their first child, and decide to purchase their first home. Unbeknownst to them, their house was built on the site of a gallows where an innocent girl was hanged two centuries before. Eileen starts having visions of the girl, and after her baby is born, the spirit of the girl returns with an unfortunate interest in the newborn baby. Written by dwr246

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Release Date:

17 March 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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William Castle: in the hotel during prologue. See more »


Follows Circle of Fear (1972) See more »

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First Ghost Story
14 November 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

David Birney and Barbara Parkins play John & Eileen Travis, a young married couple who have been staying at the fancy hotel called Mansfield House managed by Winston Essex(played by Sebastian Cabot), but are now ready to move into a new house, and are expecting a baby as well. Unfortunately, the house turns out to be haunted, having been built on an old gallows site where a young woman was hanged, but whose ghost now wants to possess the baby, which is driving poor Eileen to distraction by the climax on a dark and stormy night... Excellent pilot episode is well above average for its type, which deftly deals with any clichés as it tells its well crafted story, leading to a chilling end. Sam Jaffe is memorable as an old man familiar with local history. The subsequent series didn't measure up to this though...

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