Danny (Doug McClure, The Land That Time Forgot) is a rodeo star that falls for a young woman who pretty much casts a spell over him. But as time goes on, he starts to wonder if she’s a cougar that’s attacking the crew. Yes, Ghost Story/Circle of Fear goes for it sometimes and this would be one of those times.
Mariah (Lauri Peters) may be something other than human, a fact that only rodeo clown Dumpy (Jackie Cooper) knows to be true, as he once knew her mother. But no matter how much Danny loves her, she’s doomed, an animal trapped in the world of humans.
Mariette Hartley also appears as a past lover of our hero that helps him when things go too far, plus former Red Ryder Don Barry and Richard Benedict show up.
Director Arnold Laven also made two of the Planet of the Apes foreign release movies, taken from the TV series, Back to the Planet of the Apes and Life, Liberty and Pursuit on the Planet of the Apes, as well as multiple episodes of The Rifleman, Mannix, The A-Team and The Greatest American Hero. The script was written by Richard Matheson and William Bast, who wrote The Valley of Gwangi and one of the best TV movies ever, The Legend of Lizzie Borden.
This episode is a silly cowboy version of Cat People, but you know, I’m here for it.
You can watch this on YouTube.