Climax! (1954–1958)
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A Promise to Murder 

Lady Bertha Wetherby (Ann Harding) befriends mild-mannered palm reader Mr. Vorhees (Peter Lorre) and invites him to live with her at her estate. Her nephew, Randy (Louis Hayward), suspects ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Allen Reisner

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (story), John Kneubuhl (adapted by)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Louis Hayward ... Randy Townsend
Peter Lorre ... Mr. Vorhees
Ann Harding ... Lady Bertha Wetherby
William Lundigan ... Himself - Host (as Bill Lundigan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tristram Coffin ... Arthur
Art Gilmore ... Announcer
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Lady Bertha Wetherby (Ann Harding) befriends mild-mannered palm reader Mr. Vorhees (Peter Lorre) and invites him to live with her at her estate. Her nephew, Randy (Louis Hayward), suspects that Vorhees is a fraud who is trying to take advantage of her kindness. However, as Randy attempts to expose him, many of Mr. Vorhees' predictions appear to be coming true...

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1955 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Cradle Song
(uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
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pretty interesting....
28 August 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Climax!" was a suspense anthology series of the 1950s brought to America by Chrysler. While I am pretty sure most of the episodes are gone forever, a few are available for download at archive.org--a site very frequently linked to IMDb.

"A Promise to Murder" stars Louis Hayward, Ann Harding and Peter Lorre. Harding plays a rich older woman who is Hayward's aunt. When she brings a psychic (Lorre) to one of her parties, Hayward is angered--as he thinks the man is just a huckster wanting to rob Harding. But the psychic seems sincere--and sincerely worried when he warns Hayward--saying several bad things would occur with him--including a murder! Through most of the show, Hayward seems a bit on edge--ready to snap. That's because most of the prophecies have come to pass---except for the murder. What's the strange twist to follow? Tune in and see.

While this isn't a brilliant episode, it is quite good--and well worth your time. The acting (particularly Lorre's) is very nice and the story engaging. I sure wish they had some shows like this now, as "Climax!" holds up pretty well each time I see it.


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