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"Thriller" The Colour of Blood (1973)

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Brian Clemens (writer)
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Original Air Date:
12 May 1973 (Season 1, Episode 5)
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A serial killer escapes from the asylum to which he has been confined. He picks a seemingly innocent woman as his next victim, but soon it looks like she's not quite as innocent as he thought. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Norman Eshley ... Arthur Page
Katherine Schofield ... Julie Marsh

Derek Smith ... Baverstock

Garrick Hagon ... Peter
Geoffrey Chater ... Graham
Malcolm Terris ... Detective Superintendent
Tim Wylton ... Forbes
A.J. Brown ... Judge
Roy Sone ... Detective Sergeant
Eric Mason ... Sergeant O'Farrell
Michael Corcoran ... Blind Flower Seller
Godfrey Jackman ... Police Constable
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Ashton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gigi Gurpinar ... Woman on Train (uncredited)
John Scott Martin ... Porter (uncredited)
Herbert Ramskill ... Guard on Train (uncredited)
Michael Stainton ... Policeman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert Tronson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Clemens  writer

Produced by
Cecil Clarke .... executive producer
John Sichel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Laurie Johnson 
 
Film Editing by
George Clark 
 
Production Design by
Stanley Mills 
 
Makeup Department
Shirley Muslin .... makeup supervisor
 
Art Department
Terry Royce .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Henry Bird .... sound director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Simper .... camera operator
Dicky Stelp .... lighting director (as R. Stelp)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Keith Sproull .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Other crew
Richard Jones .... call boy
Ann Shephard .... production assistant
Brian Smith .... floor manager
Brian True-May .... assistant floor manager
 

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Be Careful Who You Pick Up ..., 1 July 2002
Author: Alan Briscoe (alanbriscoe@supanet.com) from Coventry, England

An exceptionally good outing of the splendid "Thriller" anthology.

In this story, Arthur Page, a psychopath, escapes en route to custody after being convicted of the killings of a number of women. At the same time Julie, a secretary, is about to meet a client she has never seen at Waterloo station to give him the proceeds of a will and take him to a large country house he has inherited. By chance she and Page meet up at the station. As they head off there is no way of contacting her to warn her of the great danger she faces, while she cannot contact others for help. However Page is not the only dangerous person on the loose ...

This brilliant story is quite captivating. Norman Eshley is quite superb as the superficially charming but utterly deadly and disturbing Page. The character evokes some sympathy as he is clearly tortured by his problems but cannot control his behaviour. The powerful last scene makes clear that he has no responsibility for his actions.

Throughout Julie never quite understands the true risks, although she is unsettled by him. Katharine Schofield is in impressive form as Julie, a far more complex character than first thought, while Garrick Hagon appears in a notable cameo as her boyfriend. In true "Thriller" style there is a marvellous twist that shows all the main figures in a new light.

For historical reasons this is also very intriguing. In this age of the mobile phone the story could not happen - Julie would not be incommunicado and she and her employers could alert each other of danger. Of course it is this lack of contact that makes her predicament much more unsettling.

The police scenes are a little cliched and some of the remarks about women - not just from the obviously misogynistic Page - are clearly from a less politically-correct age. However this remains gripping and quite indispensable entertainment if you are lucky enough to come across it.

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