In "Fear Paints a Picture," a young woman will inherit her father's fortune at age twenty-three...if she doesn't lose her mind first.
As the episode opens, the music whirls, and the announcer tells the story of Benjamin Powell, his strange family, and the last will and testament he left behind.
Then, creepy music plays, and the announcer reads the will aloud...
In the event of Powell's death, his daughter, Julia, becomes the heir to his considerable fortune. But, the conditions of the will state that she must live in his old San Francisco home with two appointed guardians, Harvey and Laura Lyons, until she reaches age twenty-three. Provided that nothing "untoward" happens to her during that time, Julia will inherit her father's estate. If, she is unable to, then the estate will transfer to Harvey and Laura.
Three months later, Julia, Harvey, and Laura are sitting around the fireplace in the dark living room of Powell's old San Francisco home. Julia's twenty-third birthday is a week away, but Harvey and Laura are worried about her because she is such a "high-strung" girl. Julia doesn't see anything wrong with that, but then Laura finally tells her the truth. Julia's mother died in an insane asylum at age twenty-three!
Later that night, Dr. Barrows arrives. He had treated Julia's mother, and he is sure that he can help Julia with her problems....
"Fear Paints a Picture" was written by Sigmund Miller, produced by William Spier, and directed by Ted Bliss. Nancy Coleman starred. Also appearing were Bea Benaderet, Edwin Maxwell, and Fred MacKaye. This episode aired on April 13, 1943.
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