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Title:
A Living Corpse
Plot:
In an attempt to thwart the grim reaper, a professional hypnotist convinces a young man into hypnotizing him on his death bed. However, behind the obvious scam lies a more sinister scheme.
Episode:
0368
Air Dates:
First Run - October 27, 1975
Repeat - April 14, 1976
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4 Responses to Episode 0368


Set in the early 1800's, a dishonest hypnotist is dying and teaches a young doctor the ways of his work. The hypnotist believes that if he himself is hypnotized just before his death, he will not die. The bizarre situation is complicated by the relationship between the young doctor and the other man's beautiful wife.

An old expert in mesmerism who is dying of consumption trades his secrets for a promise from a young colleague to put him under in perpetuity to wait for a cure. The chosen man is also having an affair with the mesmer’s young wife and he knows it. While training, the old man takes advantage of his skills to meet his own goals.

Hmmm. Another adaptaion of Poe's "The Case of M. Valdemar"... sorta (The Premature Burial). This version really reminds me of the sort of plot that might have turned up in a Roger Corman adaptation... As if Corman adapted the story for a feature rather than just a segment of Tales of Terror The episode is nothing special. Curiously, the host narration at the end purports to demonstrate that the story might be true. Reply With Quote

A well-written and well-performed episode featuring thoroughly repellant, self-serving characters. It was hard to feel empathy for any of them.

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