In "The Evil of Adelaide Winters," Agnes Moorehead plays a con artist who becomes too greedy.
Adelaide Winters advertises herself as a medium who communicates with the dead, but she is really a con artist who preys upon the families of soldiers lost in the war. She and her assistant, Robert, have developed a successful business, but Adelaide soon discovers an opportunity for greater gain.
One of her new clients, Mr. Edward Porter, has been visiting Adelaide regularly to communicate with his recently deceased son. Mr. Porter's need for contact with his son quickly becomes an obsession, and he asks Adelaide to drop her other clients and work only for him. After that, he asks her to marry him. Adelaide agrees, but only because she wants his money. After Adelaide's greed has gotten the better of her, she realizes her scam has become deadly.
"The Evil of Adelaide Winters" was written by movie and television writer Arthur Ross, who later earned an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay Brubaker (1980). (He also wrote the 1973 television B-horror movie classic Satan's School for Girls.) Elliott Lewis produced/directed. Agnes Moorehead starred. Also appearing were Herb Butterfield and Joseph Kearns. This episode aired on September 10, 1951.
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