Centuries ago, Dirk Van Prinn is rumored to be a sorcerer and worse. At his isolated home, Van Prinn is working on a formula for a special form of glass when his when his landlady, Mrs. Ames, knocks on the door and tells him that the silversmith has left a package for him. Van Prinn tells her to leave it outside the door and go, and then goes to the door to get the package. Mrs. Ames tries to get a glimpse inside but he sends her away...Read the full recap
Guest star Henry Daniell co-starred with series host Boris Karloff in the classic 1945 horror film The Body Snatchers.
First published in Weird Tales (November 1947).
Host: When a man shuts himself off from his neighbors, when he conducts mysterious experiments behind locked doors, there's bound to be talk. There were those who whispered old Dirk Van Primm was a sorcerer and worse. He might not have been remembered at all had not his research lead him to the discovery of a most unusual formula for making glass.
Host: Dirk Van Primm hanged himself before dawn. His story might have ended there if he'd have the courage to smash those spectacles. But like many another scientist, he couldn't bear to destroy his own creation. Too bad, because years later, others tried them on. In "The Cheaters," our story for tonight, a junk man named Joe Henshaw, played by Mr. Paul Newlan. A little old-fashioned lady named Miriam Olcott, played by Miss Mildred Dunnock. A nephew, Edward Dean, played by Mr. Jack Weston. And finally, a man who discovered the real purpose of the spectacles, Sebastian Grimm, played by Mr. Harry Townes. What they saw through those yellow-gold lenses, they never forgot. And neither will you, my friend, because as sure as my name's Boris Karloff, this is a thriller.