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"Once Upon a Midnight Scary" is a 1979 television program that aired as part of a CBS television anthology series. The program, hosted by noted actor Vincent Price, features scenes from three stories, including The Ghost Belonged to Me by Richard Peck, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, and The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs.

Plot

Introduction

A flash of lightening reveals a wolf outside an eerily-lit mansion.  The wolf runs up the exterior staircase and disappears inside. Following titles and credits, the scene fades to the mansion's interior and the wolf coming down a staircase into a lavish library. It disappears behind a high-backed chair and, following a puff of smoke, the chair swivels around to reveal host Vincent Price.

The Ghost Belonged to Me

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The House with a Clock in its Walls

Production

Complicating matters are the various releases of the program:

  • Nothing is known of the version titled "Once Upon a Midnight Dreary", though one wonders if this was the name of the program when it was originally broadcast on CBS-TV in October 1979.
  • In 1991 Barr Films re-edited and released two separate programs: "Ghost Story Classic", which contains only the Peck and Irving stories along with some of the Price wraparounds; and a stand-alone version of "The House with a Clock in its Walls", featuring appropriate host introductions and narration.

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