Escape's "The Fall of the House of Usher" was closely adapted from the classic tale of horror by Edgar Allan Poe. If you want to read Poe's story, which was first published in 1839, it is available online at Wikisource.
As the episode opens, the narrator receives a letter from his childhood friend, Roderick Usher, that requests he come for a visit. Roderick is the last male descendant of the ancient House of Usher, and he is in ill health. Roderick asks his old friend to come immediately to the Usher family estate.
When the narrator arrives at the gloomy home, he finds an oppressive scene. Roderick is tormented by his nervous ailment and his twin sister, Madeline, is dying from the same mysterious affliction. As events unfold, the narrator soon witnesses the terrifying end of the House of Usher.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" was adapted for Escape by Les Crutchfield and produced/directed by William N. Robson. Paul Frees played the narrator and Ramsay Hill played Roderick Usher. This episode aired on October 22, 1947.
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