Circle of Fear (1972–1973)
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Terror ensues when Ellen Alexander wakes up alone in a hotel room, with no sign of her husband, Harry. Inquiries at the front desk yield the answer that he has checked out without her, and ... See full summary »


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Jimmy Sangster (teleplay), Elizabeth M. Walter (story "Traveling Companion") (as Elizabeth Walter) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Cabot ... Winston Essex
Patricia Neal ... Ellen Alexander
Craig Stevens ... Brett
Alice Ghostley ... Betty Carter
Elliott Montgomery Elliott Montgomery ... Harry Alexander
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... George Carter (as Doug Henderson)
Mark Tapscott ... The Security Guard
Frank Whiteman Frank Whiteman ... The Desk Clerk
Bruce Kimmel Bruce Kimmel ... The Bell Hop
Lynn Hamilton ... The Attendant
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ... The Drunk
Maggie Malooly Maggie Malooly ... The Nurse
Mel Gallagher Mel Gallagher ... Policeman
Nelson D. Cuevas Nelson D. Cuevas ... Ambulance Doctor
Tony Ballen ... The Keno Caller


Terror ensues when Ellen Alexander wakes up alone in a hotel room, with no sign of her husband, Harry. Inquiries at the front desk yield the answer that he has checked out without her, and eventually lead her to Brett, who helps her find the answers she is seeking. Written by Anonymous

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22 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the last episode to be hosted by Sebastian Cabot. See more »

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Patricia Neal At Her Best: Time of Terror
3 August 2010 | by perryvalentinoSee all my reviews

"Time of Terror" was the last episode of the "Ghost Story" series before the show was reformatted to "Circle of Fear". The new title did away with the setting of "The Del Coronado Hotel," one of the most beautiful and famous hotels in the world today. Also, Sebastain Cabot was no longer host. In fact the show no longer had any host, which one was created originally to compete against Rod Serling's "Night Gallery". "Time of Terror" is probably the best episode of the whole series. The chief reason due to Patrica Neal's over the hilt acting as Ellen Alexander. The episode is clearly dated with its 1970's hair styles and clothing. However, it is a nice nostalgia of the past and refreshing to see today. In today's current horror tales, the stories aren't written as well as they used to be. Who can compete with William Castle, who produced the series. Patricia Neal plays an ordinary southern woman with excellent manners through out the episode, even though she doesn't know what has happened to her husband. There are many unintentional funny scenes. One funny scene is when Patricia goes to the bell boy and asks if the luggage he has belongs to her husband. He states "yes," and Patrica exclaims, "well who told you do that?" The facial expressions of Miss Neal are never the less so funny, as they are through out the whole episode. Alice Ghostly makes a great co-star as the domineering wife, who barely lets her husband talk. Ironically the actor, Doug Henderson,who plays the husband, would do one more t.v. show before he died from suicide. The scene of Patricia going out the exit screaming is really funny. It was really nice to see Lynn Hamilton, Fred Sandford's girlfriend Donna of "Sanford and Son", as the disturbed puzzled attendant. Lynn greets Patricia Neal in the beauty parlor room. This episode alone is reason enough to buy the whole series "Ghost Story/Circle of Fear". However as of 2010 it hasn't been released on DVD. Find a collector's copy, watch it somehow and enjoy. This review is dedicated to my best friend Eric Lyons, who introduced me to Patricia Neal and to the whole "Ghost Story" series.

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