David Ellington narrates his unbelievable past. After WW I he was hiking through Central Europe when a sudden thunderstorm disoriented him and he sought shelter in a hermitage. The brothers were unwilling to give David shelter but he passes out and when he wakes up, he hears a wolf howling. He follows the sound back to a man imprisoned in a cell who begs him to release him. Before he does, he is brought to Brother Jerome’s office. Brother Jerome, the head of the hermitage, informs David that the man in the cell is actually the Devil. David seems so skeptical that Jerome explains that since he had imprisoned him the Devil had no longer been able to wreak havoc on the world. And he warns David that if he escapes again, he’ll devastate the earth. But David couldn’t believe the story so he removes the “Staff of Truth” that was barring the cell and the Devil escapes.
It’s many years later and we see that David is telling this story to his maid. He tells her that after many years he has recaptured the devil in a room in the apartment and tells the maid not to remove the “Staff of Truth” from the door. When David leaves to arrange transportation back to Brother Jerome’s the maid removes the staff and the Devil is loosed on the world again.
The set is reminiscent of some Universal Classic Horror movie and Brother Jerome is played by John Carradine who looks sufficiently gothic with his big beard and haunted eyes. I’m a sucker for classic horror ambience. B.