Circle of Fear (1972–1973)
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Fred Colby is a former actor, who now works as a security guard at the studio where he used to film movies. He and his wife, Linda, are expecting their first child together. The studio is ... See full summary »


Don McDougall


Richard Matheson (developer), Mann Rubin


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Linda Colby (as Patty Duke Astin)
John Astin ... Fred Colby
Joe Renteria ... Johnny Horne
Don 'Red' Barry ... Charlie Durham (as Donald Barry)
Paul Picerni ... Dr. Richardson
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Jack Willis (as Doug Henderson)
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ... The Nurse
Anthony Eldridge Anthony Eldridge ... Royal Warlock
Eric Gethers Eric Gethers ... Royal Warlock
Skip Riley Skip Riley ... Royal Warlock
Roger Garrett Roger Garrett ... Royal Warlock
David Garfield David Garfield ... Royal Warlock (as John D. Garfield)
I. Stanford Jolley ... The Wolfman
Hal Bokar Hal Bokar ... The Apeman
Mathias Reitz Mathias Reitz ... The Claw


Fred Colby is a former actor, who now works as a security guard at the studio where he used to film movies. He and his wife, Linda, are expecting their first child together. The studio is closing in a few weeks, and is plagued by a neighborhood gang, who sneak in after hours. While chasing the gang, Fred discovers that something else is roaming the deserted studio, something that threatens not only him, but his wife, and his unborn child, and he must find a way to prevent harm from coming to all of them. Written by Anonymous

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16 February 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In the DVD set The William Castle Film Collection, this episode is included as a special feature behind The Tingler (1959). See more »


References The Mummy (1932) See more »

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Very Childish Stupid Story with Wasted Talent
13 August 2010 | by perryvalentinoSee all my reviews

Former horror star (John Austin) now works with a limp as a security guard to a studio, which is in the process of being torn down. He suddenly is tormented by a group of teenagers, one who is the son of legendary John Garfield. However, is it the teenagers doing the tormenting? This is a very childish story about a group of horror characters ghosts who become upset because their studio is going to be torn down. Patty Duke Austin's part is minimum as the pregnant wife of John Austin. However, she is ultimately tormented by the ghosts with a plot, which can't be disclosed because it would be a spoiler. The terrorizing scenes are very childish and are more for four year old children, who watch cartoons on Saturday morning. Legendary producer William Castle makes a cameo appearance in this weak episode. If they do decide to make "Ghost Story/Circle of Fear" into a DVD set and have to cut an episode, this would be one to cut. It is very stupid. Enough said.

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