Startling prescience

This is from a 1958 TV western. I think it might have been inspired by some kind of magical morphic resonance echoing backwards through time.

It looks real — I recognized some of the actors, who were familiar faces from the olden days of black & white TVs (wow, Robert Culp looks really young), but also Snopes confirms it, and also found a copy of the full episode.

I liked the ending. Maybe that’s a prophecy, too.


  1. sebloom says

    I checked on the IMDB. The character’s name is Walter Trump, played by Lawrence Dobkin. He was a regular on LA Law and Melrose Place.

    It’s eerily interesting that they chose Trump as the name of the conman…must be a family tradition going back a long way. We knew about Fred…

    One of the eeriest things happens at the very beginning where he says, “…a message I alone was able to read in the fires of the universe…” followed by “…without my help and knowledge, every one of you will be dead.”

    It reminded me of when we heard “..I alone can fix it…” at the RNC convention…

  2. brucegee1962 says

    Of course, the Snopes article was from a year ago when this story came out, so it isn’t exactly breaking news…

  3. says

    @#3 birgerjohansson
    Season 2, Episode 6: “Dead Putting Society”
    “The father of the boy who doesn’t win, must mow the lawn in his wife’s dress”. Precisely what the article is talking about:

  4. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re @2:

    I am stuck on associating that name with the card game Whist (or Bridge) [1], where one suit is declared TRUMP and can be used to win the trick* when the player is void of the suit in play for that trick. IE “trump” is used to win the trick without having the best card in the suit being played. Oddly appropriate for a conman.

    trick is the name for how the cards get played each hand. One player leads a card, the rest of the table has to play another card of the same suit, with the highest number card taking the 4 cards as a “trick”, to be counted after all the cards have been played. I’m expanding the definition of “trick” because it seems also quite relevant in this discussion
    [1] – I consider Whist the ~fun version of Bridge, Bridge is too serious for me

  5. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re 10:
    odd how that asterisk in front of “trick” vanished with how the new system utilizes asterisks, also the row of dashes I used to seprate the footnote from the main text vanished, inexplicably. oh well, you can figure out what I wrote, I’m sure

  6. robro says

    I was reading about the Hayes Code the day Trump threatened to declare a national emergency and stumbled on this gem: Gabriel Over the White House. It’s a 1933 film starring Walter Houston about a president who becomes an authoritarian with fascist leanings after a near fatal accident.

  7. wcaryk says

    There’s an entire conspiracy theory genre about “predictive programming”, the claim that this sort of thing is slipped into movies and television programs to soften us up in advance so we’ll accept them when they come to pass. Apparently They use “The Simpsons” to desensitize us to, well, just about everything They do to us: