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"Thriller" Lady Killer (1973)

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14 April 1973 (Season 1, Episode 1)
The careful planning of a man who attempts to murder his young wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Robert Powell ... Paul Tanner

Barbara Feldon ... Jenny Frifth

Linda Thorson ... Toni Tanner

T.P. McKenna ... Jack Hardisty
Mary Wimbush ... Mrs. Bradley
John Boswall ... Old Man
Ivor Roberts ... Doctor
Howard Rawlinson ... Hotel Clerk
Ronald Mayer ... Minister
David Billa ... Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Evans ... (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bill Hays 
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
Moyra Bird 
Jim Reeves 
Production Design by
Bryan Holgate 
Costume Design by
Sue Le Cash 
Makeup Department
Dianne Joyce .... makeup artist
Art Department
Terry Royce .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Bob Woodhouse .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Simper .... camera operator
Dicky Stelp .... lighting technician
Other crew
Ron Brown .... administrator
Sue Palmer .... stage manager
Susan Paul .... production assistant

Series Crew
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Additional Details

67 min
Aspect Ratio:
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Impressive beginning to the best anthology series of all time, 27 August 2005
Author: Paul English from Ireland

Thriller is, without doubt, the finest anthology series I have ever seen. It is superior to The Twilight Zone (all three incarnations), Tales Of The Unexpected, Tales From The Darkside and Alfred Hitchcock Presents - all fine programmes which are also worthy of your attention.

It is difficult to exactly define Thriller's appeal, suffice to say, that the atmosphere created never fails to enthrall the viewer and make him/her feel an impending sense of unease at how the 65 minutes will unfold.

'Lady Killer', the first story, premiered on 14 April 1973. It is a finely-crafted tale of Paul Tanner, an unscrupulous con-man, who ensnares a somewhat naive American lady, Jenny Frifth into his affections. Within a few days the happy couple are experiencing married bliss and Paul's plan, which involves murdering his spouse and claiming the life assurance money, is gradually coming together. He is ably assisted in his machinations by his existing wife Toni, whose existence he conveniently doesn't mention to Jenny.

Robert Powell makes his first of two Thriller appearances as the steely Tanner, a ruthless and conniving trickster while Barbara Feldon and Linda Thorson handle the two female leads with customary style. T P McKenna makes a brief appearance as Jack Hardisty, a old friend of Paul's.

An impressive opener which will keep the viewer's interest right until the final frame.

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