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"Thriller" In the Steps of a Dead Man (1974)

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27 May 1974 (Season 3, Episode 4)
When a young soldier suddenly dies, his parents and his girlfriend are naturally shocked and upset by the news... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The centerpiece of Thriller's third series See more (3 total) »


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John Nolan ... Marty Fuller
Richard Vernon ... George Cornfield
Denise Buckley ... Sheila Howes
Faith Brook ... Betty Cornfield
Skye Aubrey ... Grace Worth
Derek Anders ... Sergeant O'Hara
Christopher Benjamin ... Medical Officer
Anne Robson ... Mrs. Howes
John Garvin ... Mr. Howes
Robert Marsh ... Military Policeman

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Directed by
Shaun O'Riordan 
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Brian Clemens (written by) and
Luanshya Greer (written by)

Brian Clemens (story)

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John Sichel .... producer

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73 min
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Revealing mistakes: When Marty Fuller hammers his fist on the solid concrete basement wall near the end, it rocks violently, back and forth several inches, just the way that one made of thin sheet of hardboard would.See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The centerpiece of Thriller's third series, 27 August 2005
Author: Paul English from Ireland

"In The Steps Of A Dead Man" surely ranks as the one of the finest pieces of television that I have ever seen. It is the centerpiece of the superb third series of Thriller, a programme that made a very strong impression on me when I caught some repeats almost 25 years ago.

We are introduced to an average middle class couple named George and Betty Cornfield, played expertly by Richard Vernon and Faith Brook, who have recently lost their son Tommy on active service. As they attempt to cope with overwhelming grief (particularly on George's part) a ray of sunshine emerges in the form of Martin Fuller who claims to be Tommy's best friend. However, as is the nature of Thriller, all is not what it seems and the scene is set for an extraordinary tale of deception.

The storyline unfolds at a steady pace as Martin slowly ingratiates himself into the Cornfield's hearts as a kind of replacement son. He also manages to win Tommy's fiancée, Sheila's affections but from the outset is met with suspicion from her friend Grace. The tension builds steadily throughout with a sharp twist in the narrative over the last 15 minutes.


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