Thriller: Season 2, Episode 15

An Attractive Family (1 Jan. 1962)

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Family that kills together seeks to stay together in style, by icing the heir of one of their victims, before she comes into her inheritance. If the heiress audits the books, she'll ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Dick Farrington
Major Downey
Bert Farrington
Joan Tetzel ...
Marian Farrington
Jinny Wells
Constable Tom Walker
William Mims ...
George Drake
Paul Barselou ...
Mr. Lamb (as Paul Barselow)
Deirdre Owens ...
Alice Wells (as Deirdre Owen)


Family that kills together seeks to stay together in style, by icing the heir of one of their victims, before she comes into her inheritance. If the heiress audits the books, she'll discover that the family has already blown her share of the estate. Her newlywed sister was backed off a cliff while having her photo snapped, so the younger sister is understandably leery of heights, but not of her very understanding new in-laws. Written by David Stevens

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Murder is NOT attractive (no. 52)
25 May 2009 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

A great cast is the main attraction of "An Attractive Family," a solid black comedy centering on the Farringtons (Richard Long,Otto Kruger,and Joan Tetzel), who gain their wealth through marriage followed by "accidental" deaths. Following the most recent tragedy, Joyce Bulifant (best known as Gavin McLeod's wife on THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW) arrives as Virginia Wells, who is due to inherit the bulk of her late sister's estate, unless our "attractive family" can prevent her from reaching her 21st birthday. Leo G. Carroll (THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.) turns up as Virginia's bird watching partner Major Downey, who unwittingly helps prepare a repast of poisoned mushrooms. Richard Long is effectively cast against type, as was Joan Tetzel, back for her second THRILLER (after 29 "The Devil's Ticket"). This was the fourth and final episode to feature the actual "Psycho" house on Universal's back lot (after 7 "The Purple Room," 32 "Mr.George," and 43 "Masquerade").

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