Thriller (1960–1962)
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Priscilla, a young girl, lives with her scheming relatives who are trying to get hold of her inheritance... and a ghostly protector, Mr. George.

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Himself - Host
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Edna Leggett
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Jared Leggett
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Laura Craig
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Streetcar Conductor
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Priscilla, a young girl, lives with her scheming relatives who are trying to get hold of her inheritance... and a ghostly protector, Mr. George.

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9 May 1961 (USA)  »

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The note that Priscilla leaves on George's grave reads as follows: "Dear Mr. George. Please come back. I want you to live with me again. They moved me into your room but I can sleep in Cook's room if you come back. You can take the street car right to our door. Everything is just like you left it, only now the roses are in bloom outside your window." See more »

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Excellent music score by Jerry Goldsmith (no. 32)
12 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Oscar-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith provided the haunting theme for this stellar episode (no. 32) directed by the prolific Ida Lupino. Child actress Gina Gillespie (the young Blanche Hudson in 1962's "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?") plays Priscilla, a lonely little girl who mourns the recent death of her guardian, whom she called Mr. George, eventually visiting his grave on the other side of town (this is the point where Karloff introduces the episode). The child's three current guardians are her cousins, who believe the only way they can inherit the property (the famed PSYCHO house interior, by the way) is to instigate an 'accidental' death for Priscilla. Unbeknownst to the evildoers, the reassuring, ghostly presence of Mr. George watches over the endangered girl, always cautioning her not to be afraid as he quietly issues instructions during times of peril. Actually involved with the Hitchcock classic was lead actress Virginia Gregg, as the offscreen voice of Mother Bates in 1960 and also in the first two sequels in 1982 and 1986. While the plot line is certainly a familiar one, Goldsmith's score, solid direction and performances make this a genuinely touching entry. The uncredited voice of Mr. George definitely sounds like Les Tremayne, a veteran character actor whose career began on radio, and in later years did almost exclusively voice-over work.


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