In June 1863, Confederate soldiers come across a warlock who can help bring victory to the Southern cause.



(teleplay by), (based on a short story by) (as Manley Wade Wellman) | 1 more credit »

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Confederate Sergeant Joseph Paradine goes into the nearby town and finds that the Union forces there seem to be frozen in time. He learns from an old man that being a male witch he cast a spell on them using his book of magic. The old man sees the Yankees as invaders and is keen that the South win the war. Anticipating that he is going to die by sunset, he gladly gives his book of witchcraft to Paradine to support the cause. When he returns to camp, Paradine's commanding officer is far more concerned about the battle they will enter into the next morning than about the book his Sergeant has in his possession. Written by garykmcd

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24 November 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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No Spark Despite an Interesting Plot
17 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A humorless Rebel soldier and his partner are by themselves, looking over a town that may be in the hands of Union troops during the Civil War. The young associate is frightened and worried about his own skin. He is reprimanded and shouted at by the more experienced soldier, who leaves in disgust to investigate the placement of the troops. He is all blood and guts. When he arrives in the town, a strange sight appears to him. A troop of Union soldiers in uniform are caught in mid-step, frozen in place. He walks among them shouting and threatening, but there is no movement. As he investigate the town center, he is met by an old man who tells him that he has caused all of this through the use of black magic. Not just that but because the old man feels he will die before the day is out, the soldier is given a book of spells. The kicker is that he now must align himself with the devil. What happens when he returns to his commanding officer is part of the anti- climactic resolution to this story. This is reasonably well done and a moral tale, but there is something lacking in the delivery.

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