The Veil, which both starred and was hosted by Boris Karloff, was to have served as a predecessor for such anthology/horror classics as The Twilight Zone and One Step Beyond. Yet financial difficulties kept the episodes from ever being aired on network TV. Each episode was based on actual accounts of some form of psychic phenomenon.
"The Vestris" was an episode of Telephone Time that served as an unofficial pilot for the series.
Vision of Crime
While on a boat trip to Paris, a man has a vision in which he sees his brother murdered. He returns to England to discover that his brother has been killed and that a man he knows isn't the murderer is the prime suspect. Who is the murderer and how will the man ferret the killer out without mentioning his vision and seeming like a nut-case? Find out by going "Behind The Veil".
Girl on the Road
A young man helps a beautiful, young woman who is stranded by the side of the road...her cars gas tank empty. He drives her to town to get gas and have a drink. When a bartender calls someone named "Morgan Debs" (Karloff), the girl panics and leaves, but promises the young man she will meet with him later and tell him who "Morgan Debs" is. Will they meet? Why do the townspeople not want to talk about the girl? Go "Behind The Veil" to find out!
Food on the Table
A sea captain (Karloff) returns from a sea voyage to a wife he does not love. He saves her life after she is bitten by a snake (don't ask) and almost immediately regrets having done so, as he learns that a woman who is smitten with him has been recently widowed and has inherited a large sum of money. He plots his wife's murder, but will he succeed in his plans even if he is successful in ridding himself of his cumbersome wife?
"Dr. Angelo Marcabienti", returns home to the small Italian village he grew up in his. His father, also a doctor, is old and tired and "Angelo" wants him to retire and move to the city to live with him, but the townspeople won't let him. When the elder doctor is called to the home of a patient, "Angelo" attends to another patient, but the family won't allow him to operate until the "real" doctor arrives. Will the elder "Marcabienti" arrive in time? Look "Behind The Veil" to find out!
The Crystal Ball
A flighty French girl leaves her lover, a young writer, to marry his boss. As a parting gift, she gives him an ornamental crystal ball. This is a distraction, since the crystal shows him scenes of her carrying on with other men behind her new husband's back.
The two sons of a dying farmer quarrel over the old man's will. A message from beyond the grave points the elder son to the story of Esau and Jacob in the book of Genesis.
A man witnesses a robbery and murder in the apartment across the street from his own. When the police are called, it is discovered that the apartment is empty. Has he seen what he thinks he has seen? Are we dealing with the past, the present or the future? Only those willing to go "Behind The Veil" will know for sure.
The Return of Madame Vernoy
In August of 1927, Madame Sita Vernoy dies in a small town in India, leaving a grieving husband and a newborn son. One year and ten days later, Santha Naidu is born in Delhi: a girl-child who slowly begins to remember her previous life as Madame Vernoy. When she grows to maturity, these memories are instrumental in changing the life of her widowed husband and the son who is one year older than herself.
A young man, badgered by his father to work in his aviation company, sees a vision of a man while on a routine air-flight. The vision tells him to go to a certain location and he does...in a trance. He is stopped by his copilot before their plane crashes. Later on he sees something that makes him think he knows who the vision was. He must go "Behind The Veil" to find out if he's correct.
Jack the Ripper
A clairvoyant, in dreams and visions, sees a series of grisly murders in London's Whitechapel district. But his knowledge of the details of the crimes makes him a suspect in the eyes of the police.
Whatever Happened to Peggy
A young woman assumes the identity and memories of another girl that died years earlier.
The Gloucester Captain