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Release Date:
13 September 1960 (USA) See more »
Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but... See more »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Haunting and Effective Program See more (20 total) »


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Boris Karloff ... Himself / ... (67 episodes, 1960-1962)

Series Directed by
Herschel Daugherty (16 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Brahm (12 episodes, 1960-1962)
Ida Lupino (9 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Newland (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jules Bricken (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Douglas Heyes (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Arthur Hiller (3 episodes, 1960)
Paul Henreid (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Gerald Mayer (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Mitchell Leisen (2 episodes, 1960)
Ted Post (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Writing credits
Donald S. Sanford (15 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert Bloch (10 episodes, 1960-1962)
John Kneubuhl (5 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert Hardy Andrews (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
August Derleth (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Douglas Heyes (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Charlotte Armstrong (3 episodes, 1960)
Robert Arthur (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alan Caillou (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Barré Lyndon (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Boris Sobelman (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Harold Lawlor (3 episodes, 1961)
Cornell Woolrich (3 episodes, 1961)
Charles Beaumont (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Philip MacDonald (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
William D. Gordon (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Mark Schorer (2 episodes, 1961-1962)

Series Produced by
William Frye .... producer (49 episodes, 1960-1962)
Douglas Benton .... associate producer (38 episodes, 1961-1962)
Maxwell Shane .... producer (9 episodes, 1960-1961)
James P. Cavanagh .... associate producer (8 episodes, 1960)
Fletcher Markle .... producer (8 episodes, 1960)
Series Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith (53 episodes, 1960-1962)
Morton Stevens (24 episodes, 1961-1962)
Pete Rugolo (20 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline (29 episodes, 1960-1962)
John L. Russell (10 episodes, 1960-1961)
Lionel Lindon (9 episodes, 1960-1961)
John F. Warren (8 episodes, 1960-1962)
Bud Thackery (5 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Film Editing by
Danny B. Landres (44 episodes, 1960-1962)
Richard Belding (7 episodes, 1960-1961)
Danford B. Greene (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
George Jay Nicholson (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Edward Haire (3 episodes, 1961)
Series Art Direction by
Howard E. Johnson (47 episodes, 1960-1962)
Russell Kimball (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
George Patrick (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Loyd S. Papez (3 episodes, 1961)
Frank Arrigo (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alexander A. Mayer (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (61 episodes, 1960-1962)
Julia Heron (49 episodes, 1960-1962)
George Milo (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
William Stevens (6 episodes, 1961)
Hal Gausman (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Makeup Department
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (67 episodes, 1960-1962)
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (64 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter DeHaven .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1960-1962)
Edward K. Dodds .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1960-1962)
John Clarke Bowman .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1960-1962)
Jim Hogan .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
Frank Losee .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1960-1961)
Donald Baer .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ben Bishop .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
James H. Brown .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
William Dorfman .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jack Doran .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)
George Bisk .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Chuck Colean .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961-1962)

Lou Watt .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Jerome Gould .... graphic artist (67 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Sound Department
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (11 episodes, 1960-1962)
John W. Rixey .... sound (7 episodes, 1960-1962)
William Russell .... sound (6 episodes, 1960-1962)
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (5 episodes, 1960-1961)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
William H. Lynch .... sound (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
David H. Moriarty .... sound (4 episodes, 1961)
Robert R. Bertrand .... sound (3 episodes, 1961)
Lyle Cain .... sound (3 episodes, 1961)
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound (3 episodes, 1961)
Corson Jowett .... sound (3 episodes, 1962)
Clarence Self .... sound (2 episodes, 1961)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Stunts
Sol Gorss .... stunts (1 episode, 1960)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (61 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial supervisor / editorial department head (61 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (61 episodes, 1960-1962)
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music / composer: stock music (18 episodes, 1960-1962)
Pete Rugolo .... composer: theme music (15 episodes, 1960-1962)
Series Other crew
May Wale Brown .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1960)

James P. Cavanagh .... story consultant (unknown episodes)

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49 min (67 episodes)
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A comic book based upon this series, "Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery", which was also 'hosted' by Karloff, ran from 1962 to 1980 - more than a decade after the real Karloff had passed away.See more »
Boris Karloff:And as sure as my name is Boris Karloff, this is going to be a thriller.See more »
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Haunting and Effective Program, 3 April 2004
Author: laffinsal from California

There's no doubt about it, that this show had some of the eeriest and most unsettling stories to ever be aired on network TV. However, it would (I feel), be naive to think this show was the best of its kind. Like other anthology shows of its genre (NIGHT GALLERY, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, etc.) it suffers from a hodgepodge of dull scripts, mixed in with some genuinely effective ones. While the good on this series could be really good, the weaker shows could be insufferably boring. As a horror/fantasy enthusiast, it's those shows which I enjoy the most from this series, but the non-horror, the crime "thriller"s, those are generally a disappointment.

That aside, the horror segments on this show are some of the best ever done for television. Very moody, atmospheric pieces, suitably filmed in black and white. I suppose one could say that this series is what THE TWILIGHT ZONE would have been like, had it been a horror show, or what NIGHT GALLERY would have been like, had it been in black and white. Boris Karloff introduces each segment, in his usual drawl, but although he does fairly well at that, he doesn't have quite the same eerie restraint that Serling had on his series'.

Among some of the better segments on this show, that I enjoy:

"The Weird Tailor": Extremely clever story, with perhaps the most chilling final moments of any of the THRILLER episodes.

"A Wig for Miss Devore": One of Patricia Barry's best roles, and one of THRILLER's best shows.

"The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk": Jo Van Fleet is great in this one, as is John Carradine. This plays like a dark comedy...twisted and fun.

"The Cheaters": Most remember the final moments from this episode, but the whole show is very well done.

Definitely a series worth checking out for horror fans, and those who appreciate quality television. It's a shame this series doesn't get enough of the credence it deserves. It's not perfect, but it's certainly not without its laurels.

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