Suspense (1949–1954)
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The Black Prophet 

Convinced that the sinister "Mad Monk" Rasputin will bring about the fall of Russia with his growing power over the royal family, a group of noblemen take action. Serge Soudekine invites ... See full summary »

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Convinced that the sinister "Mad Monk" Rasputin will bring about the fall of Russia with his growing power over the royal family, a group of noblemen take action. Serge Soudekine invites Rasputin to his home and fills the prophet with a enough poisoned wine and cakes to kill twenty men. This succeeds only in making him tipsy. In desperation, Serge pulls out his gun and fires repeatedly. That should put an end to the madman. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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17 March 1953 (USA)  »

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Enjoyable...but probably mostly fiction.
27 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

I watched this old TV episode for one reason...it starred Boris Karloff. And, if you are interested, you can download this episode of "Suspense" from archive.org--a site filled with free to copy public domain files.

The show is a dramatization of the death of the infamous Rasputin. Essentially, the show only consists of folks murdering the lusty monk...not a lot of plot here. Additionally, the stories of the difficulty the soldiers had murdering him were certainly fabricated...or at least highly embellished. So, you see Rasputin (Karloff) drink and eat enough poison to kill several elephants...and THEN he was shot repeatedly...and he STILL was not dead. Yeah, right.

The program has relatively shoddy music and sets--but it WAS the very early days of TV and such things were the norm. So, compared to other shows, it's decent and watchable. Plus, Karloff's over- the-top performance is fun to watch!


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