- A cold, piercing night wind whistles around Collinwood, and its chill somehow seems to penetrate the walls of the Great House. For this promises to be a night of danger. One girl may learn a terrifying secret tonight. And that knowledge could cost her her life.
David Collins finds Carolyn Stoddard gazing out of the window in Collinwood's drawing room. He carries with him the toy soldier given to him be Sarah Collins for protection. Again, he insists his cousin keep it with her all the time. Carolyn tries to convince David she isn't in any danger. But David makes her promise to take the toy solider. As he starts to head back upstairs to his room, David gasps in horror at the aged Barnabas Collins staring at them outside the window.
Carolyn turns to see what has frightened her cousin... but Barnabas has disappeared. Elizabeth Collins Stoddard hurries into the room when she hears an anguished David trying to convince Carolyn of the old man he saw. Neither Elizabeth or Carolyn believe him, which only depresses the troubled boy more. Dejected, he returns to his room. Alone with Carolyn, Elizabeth despairs over how helpless they are where David is concerned. Carolyn tells her mother about her encounter with Sarah. Elizabeth is stunned by the news.
Not knowing what to believe anymore, Elizabeth becomes even more worried for David. His tales about Barnabas seem too far fetched, but, as Carolyn points out, Sarah is very much real and not a figment of David's imagination. Elizabeth cannot accept David's accusations about Barnabas, and, unbeknown to her, David overhears when she declares her nephew to be mentally unbalanced and that she has no other choice but to send him away from Collinwood.
Across the estate at the Old House, Julia Hoffman awaits Barnabas' return. She questions him, worried over the vampire having taken a victim. Barnabas tells her he plans to do so tonight. But it will not be Victoria Winters. Instead, he will attack a stranger. Julia, deeply in love with Barnabas, offers herself to him.
Barnabas, taken aback by her suggestion, calls Julia by her forename for the first time. Julia happily relinquishes her free will if it means restoring Barnabas. However, he refuses. If Julia submits, she will no longer be able to function as a doctor and he might still have need of her in that area. Julia, visibly upset, goes downstairs to her laboratory in the Old House cellar on the pretext of attending to some work.
Back at Collinwood, David finds Carolyn alone and asks her if thinks he is crazy. Carolyn firmly believes he is sane. Again, out of fear for her safety, David tries to convince his cousin the stories he told about Barnabas were a lie. But Carolyn is contemplating going to the Old House and checking things out for herself. This upsets David greatly, and Carolyn promises him she won't go there. After she sends David to bed, Carolyn contemplates what the truth really is. Leaving the toy soldier on the foyer table, she grabs her coat and heads out into the night for the Old House.
Sneaking inside the Old House, Carolyn finds it empty... but is startled when she hears a shutter banging against the window. Carolyn, calming herself, picks her way down to the cellar where she is shocked to find Barnabas' coffin. She opens it carefully, but the coffin is empty. Carolyn screams when Julia catches her. Julia urges her to leave, but it is too late... Barnabas has found them. Carolyn is horrified to discover the decrepit old man is Barnabas. The vampire grabs her, and sinks his fangs into her neck!
Memorable quotes Edit
Dramatis personae Edit
- Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
- Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins
- Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman
- Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard
- David Henesy as David Collins
Background information and notes Edit
Bloopers and continuity errors Edit
- A boom microphone hovers into shot during Act I as Carolyn and Elizabeth talk together after David exits to bed.
- As David Henesy walks across the foyer during Act III, a loud grinding of metal can be heard off stage.
- When talking to Carolyn, David refers to her mother as Elizabeth rather than Aunt Elizabeth.
- When Barnabas Collins contemplates finding a victim to rejuvenate himself, he only contemplates young women. Surely a young man's blood would have the same desired effect? (He probably feels it's safer to target women as a man might more forcefully fight back, making for a greater chance of being discovered.)