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GHOST STORY: CIRCLE OF FEAR

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William Castle production in association with Screen Gems

a division of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

for

NBC (Fridays 9:00 pm EST)

Executive Producer William Castle / Produced by Joel Rogosin

 

US Thriller Anthology series 1972-73 pilot + 22 episodes x 60 min color

 

Hosted by

Sebastian Cabot as Winston Essex  (episodes 01-13)

 

The title was changed from 'Ghost Story' to 'Circle of Fear'

mid-season, the host disappeared, and the themes were not necessarily supernatural thereafter. 

 

'Ghost Story: Circle of Fear' theme music by  Billy Goldenberg

 

###############  Ghost Story  ################

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  [00] THE NEW HOUSE (pilot)

       17Mar72 

       (shown as half of the NBC TV movie "Double Play")

       Written by Richard Matheson

       Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey

       guest stars

       Barbara Parkins ............... Eileen Travis

       David Birney .................. John Travis

       Jeanette Nolan ................ Mrs. Ramsey

       Sam Jaffe ..................... DeWitt

       Ivor Francis .................. priest

       John Garwood .................. Sgt. Booth

       Allyn Ann McLerie ............. Miss Tate

       Caitlin Wyles ................. Thomasina Barros

    Synopsis:

   A young family purchases a house that is standing on a site where an

    innocent woman was unjustly hanged.  The woman's spirit eventually

    takes over the family's newborn daughter

 

###############  Ghost Story  ################

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             NBC Fridays 9:00 pm Eastern

 

  [01] Ghost Story: THE DEAD WE LEAVE BEHIND

       15Sep72 NBC Fri

        Written by Robert Specht

        Directed by Paul Stanley

       guest stars

Jason Robards, Jr. ............ Elliot Brent

Stella Stevens .................... Joanna Brent

Jack Kelly .................... Motorist

John McLiam ................... Titus Paul

Burr Smidt ............. Jud

Skip Ward ............................. Tommy Harper

Hayden Rorke ............... Newsman

Synopsis:

A forest ranger and his wife have a television that can predict the

 future, including the wife's accidental death.

 

  [02] Ghost Story: THE CONCRETE CAPTAIN

       22Sep72 NBC Fri

       William  Castle production in association with Screen Gems

       Produced by Joel Rogosin

       Story by Elizabeth Walter

       Teleplay by Jimmy Sangster

       Directed by Richard Donner

       director of photography: Bill Butler

       music by Robert Prince

       host     

       Sebastian Cabot .......... Winston Essex

       guest stars

       Stuart Whitman ................ Ed Lucas

       Gena Rowlands ................. Kate Lucas

       Walter Burke .............. Daniel

       Eugenia Stewart .............. Katherine

       Glenn Wilder ................. Captain

       Lloyd Gough ................ Doctor

    Synopsis:

    The spirit of a dead sea captain buried in concrete on the seashore

   haunts two tourists.

 

  [03] Ghost Story: AT THE CRADLE FOOT

       29Sep72 NBC Fri

       William  Castle production in association with Screen Gems

       Produced by Joel Rogosin

       Written by Anthony Lawrence

       Directed by Don McDougall

       director of photography: Bill Butler

       music by Robert Prince

       host

       Sebastian Cabot

       guest stars

       James Franciscus ............ Paul Dovep

       Elizabeth Ashley ................. Karen Dovep

       Meg Foster ............ Julie

       Jeremy Slate ........... Norris

       Karl Swenson ................. Ed Barnes

       George McAllister, Jr. ........ Raphael, Jr.

       Lori Busk .................... Emily Dovep as a girl

       Lisa James ........................ Emily Dovep as a woman

      Synopsis:

    A father learns that changing events because he dreams that his

    daughter is murdered twenty years later makes things even worse.

 

  [04] Ghost Story: BAD CONNECTION

       06Oct72 NBC Fri

       William  Castle production in association with Screen Gems

       Produced by Joel Rogosin

       Written by John McGreevey

       Directed by Walter Doniger

       director of photography: Emmett Bergholz

       host     

       Sebastian Cabot

       guest stars

       Karen Black ................... Barbara Shepherd

       Michael Tolan ....... Keith Norton

       Kaz Garas .......... Phil Briggs

       Skip Homeier .............. Steve

       Curt Conway .................. Prescott

       Med Flory ..................... Ed Talbot

       Ellen Geer .................... Marian

       Sandra Deel ................... Angie

       James A. Watson, Jr. .......... Sgt. Appleton

       Florida Friebus ............... Mrs. Prescott

       Larry Fleischman .............. mailboy

      Synopsis:

 A young widow receives warnings from her dead husband over the telephone.

 

  [05] Ghost Story: THE SUMMER HOUSE

       13Oct72 NBC Fri

       Written by Seeleg Lester

       Directed by Leo Penn

       host     

       Sebastian Cabot       

       guest stars

       Carolyn Jones ................. Martha Alcott

       Steve Forrest ................. Andrew Alcott

       William Windom ................ Charlie Pender

       Robert Mandan ................. Walter Jerrold

       Darlene Conley ................ Ruth Jerrold

       Regis Toomey .................. Sam Streeter

       Harvey Fisher ................. Plumber

       Wayne Heffley ................. Postman

     Synopsis:

A well located in the basement keeps coming open thanks to a spirit living

in a summer vacation home.

 

  [06] Ghost Story: ALTER-EGO

       27Oct72 NBC Fri

       Teleplay by Stanley Ellin

       Story by D.C Fontana (of Star Trek fame)

       Directed by David Lowell Rich

       host     

       Sebastian Cabot

       guest stars

       Helen Hayes ................... Miss Gilden

       Michael-James Wixted .......... Robert

       Collin Wilcox-Horne ........... Molly Cameron

       Charles Aidman ................ Jack Cameron

       Geoffrey Horne ................ Mr. Harkness

       Janet MacLachlan .............. Mrs. Dillon

       Phyllis Love .................. Joan Howard

       Gene Andrusco ................. Davey

  Synopsis:

A young boy creates a doppelganger because he is bored and ill.

 Unfortunately, the doppelganger almost destroys him until he is rescued

by the spirit of the chess-playing teacher his doppelganger killed. 

 

  [07] Ghost Story: HALF A DEATH

       03Nov72 NBC Fri

       Written by Henry Sleasar

       Directed by Les Martinson

       host     

       Sebastian Cabot

       guest stars

       Pamela Franklin ............... Christina/Lisa

       Signe Hasso ................... Mrs. Eliscu

       Eleanor Parker ................ Paula

       Andrew Duggan ................. Jeremy

       Tod Andrews ................... Andrew Burgress

       Stephen Brooks ................ Ethan

       Taylor Lacher ................. Charlie Eliscu

     Synopsis:

A young woman is haunted by the spirit of her twin sister who turns out

not to be what she thought she was going to be.

 

  [08] Ghost Story: HOUSE OF EVIL

       10Nov72

      Written by Robert Bloch

       Directed by Daryl Duke

       host     

       Sebastian Cabot

       guest stars

       Melvyn Douglas ................ Grandpa Witherby

       Mildred Dunnock ............... Mrs. Rule

       Joan Hotchkis ................. Fran

       Jodie Foster .................. Judy

       Richard Mulligan .............. Tom

       Brad Savage ................... Kevin

       Alan Fudge

 Synopsis:

Jodie Foster stars as a mute girl who has telekinetic powers along with

 her evil grandfather played by Melvyn Douglas.

 

[09] Ghost Story: CRY OF THE CAT

       24Nov72 NBC Fri

       William  Castle production in association with Screen Gems

       Produced by Joel Rogosin 

       Written by William Bast

       Directed by Arnold Laven (on film) Walter Doniger (on copyright)

       music by Billy Goldenberg and Robert Prince

       theme by Billy Goldenberg

       director of photography Emmett Bergholz

       film editor David Wages, A.S.C.

       special effects Phil Cory

       music and sound effects by Sunset Editorial

       host

       Sebastian Cabot

       guest stars

       Doug McClure .................. Dan Hollis

       Lauri Peters .................. Mariah Hollis

       Mariette Hartley .............. Sheila Conway

       Jackie Cooper ................. Dumpy Doyle

       Don "Red" Barry ............... 1st cowboy

       Clint Ritchie ................. 2nd cowboy

 Synopsis: 

"It shows" that rodeo star Dan Hollis is "crazy about" his

pretty new wife, yet Dumpy Doyle, who had known the girl's stunning mother,

hopes for Dan's sake that beauty is the only thing Mariah has inherited.

When a cougar brutally attacks the bull that had thrown and trampled Dan in

the arena, Dan's stallion, and his former girl friend the cowboys suspect

that the legendary cat "Big Red" has come down out of the hills.  But could

there be any truth to Dumpy's concern and Mariah's fears that she is

"possessed"?

 

  [10] Ghost Story: ELEGY FOR A VAMPIRE

       01Dec72 NBC Fri

Written by Mark Weingart & Elizabeth Walter

      Directed by Don McDougall

       host

       Sebastian Cabot

       guest stars

       Hal Linden .................... David Wells

       Mike Farrell .................. Frak Simmons

       Arthur O'Connell .............. Owen Huston

       Marlyn Mason .................. Laura Benton

       John Milford .................. Detective Thorpe

       Sheila Larken ................. Marne Simmons

       Heather North ................. Dana

       Susan Foster .................. Fern

       Patricia Eltinge .............. Coed

     Synopsis:

Hal Linden plays a college professor who haunts the campus every night

 as a vampire.

 

[11] Ghost Story: TOUCH OF MADNESS

       08Dec72 NBC Fri

Written by Halsted Welles

       Directed by Robert Day

       host

       Sebastian Cabot 

       guest stars

       Geraldine Page ................ Aunt Hattie

       Rip Torn ...................... Uncle Jonathan

       Lynn Loring ................... Janet Walker

       Michael Bell .................. Harry Collins

       Richard Angarola .............. Gray

       Stacy Harris .................. James Dillon

       Jan Clayton ................... mother

       George Wallace ................ sheriff

     Synopsis:

A house inherited by a young woman possesses some unexpected secrets.

 

[12] Ghost Story: CREATURE(S) OF THE CANYON

       15Dec72 NBC Fri

       William  Castle production in association with Screen Gems

       Produced by Joel Rogosin

       Written by Del Reisman

       Directed by Walter Doniger

       host

       Sebastian Cabot

       guest stars

       Angie Dickinson ............... Carol Finney

       John Ireland .................. Arthur Mundy

       Madlyn Rhue ................... Georgia Strauss

       Robert Donner ................. Ralph

       Mary Murphy ................... Maggy Mundy

     Synopsis:

   A woman is haunted by the spirit of a dead dog that eventually attacks

    her through her poodle.

 

[13] Ghost Story: TIME OF TERROR

       22Dec72 NBC Fri

Written by Jimmy Sangster

       Directed by Robert Day

       host

       Sebastian Cabot

       guest stars

       Patricia Neal ................. Ellen Alexander

       Craig Stevens ................. Brett

       Alice Ghostley ................ Betty Carter

       Douglas Henderson ............. George Carter

       Elliot Montgomery ............. Harry Alexander

       Robert P. Lieb ................ Drunk

       Fred Holliday ................. Desk Clerk

       Mark Tapscott ................. Security Guard

       Bruce Kimmel .................. Bell Hop

       Lynn Hamilton ................. Attendant

       Maggie Malooly ................ Nurse

       Mel Gallagher ................. Policeman

       Nelson D. Cuevas .............. Ambulance Doctor

       Tony Ballen ................... Keno Caller

       Ondine Vaughn ................. Keno Girl

       Jannis Durkan ................. Waitress

       Betty Ann Carr ................ Pool Waitress

       Dorothy Meyer ................. Woman

     Synopsis:

  Patricia Neal plays a wife who discovers that her husband has checked

 out of the luxury hotel they are staying in.  Unfortunately, she finds

   out where he checked out to.

 

Circle of Fear (1973)  (new title)

 

#############  Circle of Fear ################

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series title changes to Circle of Fear

without host Sebastian Cabot

NBC Fridays 9:00 pm Eastern

 

  [14] Circle of Fear: DEATH'S HEAD

       05Jan73 NBC Fri

       William  Castle production in association with Screen Gems

       Produced by Joel Rogosin 

       Written by Rick Blum

       Directed by James Neilson

       guest stars

       Janet Leigh ................... Carol

       Rory Calhoun .................. Larry

       Gene Nelson ................... Steve

       Joshua Bryant ................. Doctor

       Doreen Lang ................... Mrs. Norman

       Ayn Ruymen .................... Young Gypsy Woman

       Madeleine Taylor Holmes ....... Old Gypsy

Synopsis 1:

A grim drama about an insect collector, a romantic triangle and murder.

Synopsis 2:

A spine-chiller about a flirtatious wife - and the weird vengeance

that overtakes her!

 

  [15] Circle of Fear: DARK VENGEANCE

       12Jan73 NBC Fri

      William  Castle production in association with Screen Gems

       Produced by Joel Rogosin

       Written by Peter L. Dixon

       Directed by Herschel Daugherty

       guest stars

       Martin Sheen .................. Frank

       Kim Darby ..................... Cindy

       Shelly Novack ................. Art

       From the moment Frank brings home the curiously-fashioned

       casket he disinter, a growing terror takes over the household.

 

  [16] Circle of Fear: EARTH, AIR, FIRE AND WATER

       19Jan73 NBC Fri

       William  Castle production in association with Screen Gems

       Produced by Joel Rogosin

       written by Harlan Ellison & D. C. Fontana

       directed by Alex Singer

       guest stars

       Frank Converse ............... Sam Richards

       Joan Blackman ................ Ellen Parrish

       Scott Marlowe ................ Paul Cepeda

       Tim McIntire ................. Jake Freeman

       Tyne Daly .................... Anna Freeman

       Brooke Bundy ................. Holly McCory  

       Dabbs Greer .................. Harry Bell

       Oliver Clarke ................ Marks

       Frances Spanier

       Six young artists with high hopes work together in an old

       warehouse, unaware of the whispered evil within. Then they find

       six curiously fascinating bottles in an old wooden chest and

       their work takes on a whole new intensity.

 

  [17] Circle of Fear: DOORWAY TO DEATH

       26Jan73 NBC Fri

Written by Jimmy Sangster

       Directed by Daryl Duke

       guest stars

       Barry Nelson .................. Jim

       Susan Dey ..................... Peggy

       Leif Garrett .................. Robert

       Dawn Lyn ...................... Jane

       Henry Jones ................... Truthers

       Scott Thomas .................. man upstairs

       Larry Fleischman .............. moving man

       Carolyn Stellar

   Synopsis:

A family moves into an apartment in San Francisco that is cheap for a

 reason: the spirit of an ax murderer lives in the apartment directly

 above them.  The children see him, but the adults do not. One funny line

 involves him chopping wood at night.

 

[18] Circle of Fear: LEGION OF DEMONS

       02Feb73 NBC Fri

       William  Castle production in association with Screen Gems

       Produced by Joel Rogosin

       Written by Anthony Lawrence

       Directed by Paul Stanley

       guest stars

       Shirley Knight-Hopkins ........ Beth Daniels

       Jon Cypher .................... Keith

       Neva Patterson ................ Mary

       Bridget Hanley ................ Dana

       John Ventantonio .............. Al

       James Luisi ................... Rick

       Kathryn Hays .................. Janet

       Paul Carr ..................... Bill

     Synopsis:

A young woman in a big city is terrorized by a devil worship group.

 

 [--] 09Feb73 - pre-empted for "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown,"

       a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" special.

 

[19] Circle of Fear: THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT

       16Feb73 NBC Fri

Written by Mann Rubin

       Directed by Don McDougall

       guest stars

       John Astin .................... Fred Colby

       Patty Duke Astin .............. Linda Colby

       Joe Renteria .................. Johnny Horne

       Douglas Henderson ............. Jack Willis

       Don "Red" Barry ............... Charlie Durham

       Paul Picerni .................. Dr. Richardson

       I. Stanford Jolley ............ Wolfman

       William Castle ................ Mr. Fillmore, Studio Head

       Royce Wallace ................. Nurse

       Hal Bokar ..................... Apeman

       Mathias Reitz ................. Claw

       Jim Boles ..................... Dr. Death

       Allen Jaffe ................... Hunchback

       Anthony Eldridge .............. Royal Warlock

       Skip Riley .................... Royal Warlock

       Roger Garrett ................. Royal Warlock

       Eric Gethers .................. Royal Warlock

       John D. Garfield .............. Royal Warlock

Synopsis:

John Astin and his wife Patty Duke play a couple who is haunted by ghosts

of old horror-film monsters. The ghosts want to possess a baby because the

studio is being torn down. The baby is carried by Linda (Patty Duke Astin),

the guard's wife. In order to kill the spirits, the security guard takes

some gasoline and burns all of the old films (this scene may disturb film

preservation fans) The setting, a deserted movie studio, is the original

Columbia Pictures lot.

 

[20] Circle of Fear: SPARE PARTS

       23Feb73 NBC Fri

Written by Jimmy Sangster, Seeleg Lester, Paul Mason

       Directed by Charles Dubin

       guest stars

       Susan Oliver .................. Ellen Pritchard

       Rick Lenz ..................... Dr. Steven Crosley

       Christopher Connelly .......... Chuck

       Meg Foster .................... Penny Wiseman

       Don Knight .................... Dr. Pritchard

       Alex Rocco .................... Joseph Moretti

       Lee Kroeger ................... Nurse Mary Storman

       Barbara Stuart ................ Nurse Georgia Grant

       Larry J. Blake ................ Mr. Mobley

    Synopsis:

A dead doctor gets revenge on his wife for her murder of him by shutting

 him in a garage with a Corvette running.  He does this through vocal

cords, hands, and eyes he has donated to three innocent people.

 

[--] 02Mar73 - unknown

 [--] 09Mar73 - unknown

 [--] 16Mar73 - unknown

 

[21] Circle of Fear: THE GHOST OF POTTER'S FIELD

       23Mar73 NBC Fri

       William  Castle production in association with Screen Gems

       Produced by Joel  Rogosin

       Written by Bill S. Balinger

       Directed by Don McDougall

       guest stars

       Tab Hunter .................... Bob Herrick

       Louise Sorel .................. Nisa King

       Gary Conway ................... John Walsh

       Pat Harrington, Jr. ........... Mark Riceman

       Myron Healey .................. Detective Maloney

       Phillip Pine .................. Dolf Ellis

       Paul Winchell ................. Carlson

       Robert Mandan ................. Ted Murray

       William Boyett ................ foreman

       Darwin Joston ................. Danny Ferro

       Joe Petrullo .................. tenant

     Synopsis:

Tab Hunter plays two roles as a magazine journalist and his doppelganger.

 The doppelganger almost destroys him until he finds out the true identity

of a hit man buried in a potter's field that took over his soul.

 

[22] Circle of Fear: THE PHANTOM OF HERALD SQUARE (final episode)

       30Mar73 NBC Fri

Written by Seeleg Lester, Jimmy Sangster, Ed DeBlasio

       Directed by James H. Brown

       guest stars

       Victor Jory ................... Old Man

       David Soul .................... James Barlow

       Sheila Larken ................. Holly Brown

       Meg Wyllie .................... Old Woman

       Murray Matheson ............... Mathews

       Dennis Lee Smith .............. Art Student

      Judie Stein ................... Girl

    Synopsis:

David Soul plays a man who is really an elderly gentleman that steals

souls from women so he can stay young. 

 David Soul sings the song during the episode

 

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