An 11-year-old boy neglected by his father gets so caught up in his fantasy world that he takes a real rifle to hunt down his made-up enemy, the evil Black Bart.




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Episode cast overview:
Bart Hattering
Gale Hattering
Tom Nolan ...
Hank Hattering (as Tommy Nolan)
Fisherman on Mountain
George Werier ...
Fisherman in River


A lonely boy becomes perilously lost in fantasy, as his parents spar over raising him, then debate separating. In a mountain cabin for the summer, the mother and son battle boredom, while the father pounds out magazine articles in his room. When the father's too busy to take his son hunting, the boy (Tommy Nolan of "Buckskin", later a magazine writer) sneaks out on his own with a loaded rifle, pursuing the villain of his fantasies - Black Bart. Back in the cabin, the mother reveals that the son was booted from summer camp, for shooting an apple off another camper's head. Written by David Stevens

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20 September 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Hank takes target practice on some cans and bottles after crossing the waterfall, you can hear his third shot go off before he pulls the trigger. See more »

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That kid's a screwball!
12 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the second episode of the series "Thriller". It's far better than the first episode, though this is hardly a glowing endorsement. However, it is worth seeing even if its message is a bit screwy.

A family is staying in a vacation cabin. Dad is working hard on some article he's writing and he's ignoring the rest of the family. As for Mom, she's miserable but says first. In the meantime, their 11 year-old picks up the family rifle and begins to run amok. Now based on what the kid's already done in the beginning of the episode, keeping a gun anywhere near him is bizarrely inappropriate. However, while the little screwball is out playing with the gun, Mom tells her husband about an incident a year ago when their son almost killed another kid with a gun! Now what SANE person would keep that to themselves?! Well, obviously sanity doesn't run in this family! And, while Mom and Dad air their gripes about the marriage, the kid takes someone captive! Cute.

I think the message is that you should spend more time with your kid and this will just make everything fine. NO!!! The boy is obviously homicidal and the message seems just bizarre. Better parenting certainly wouldn't hurt, but the kid's problems run far deeper and point to his being a loony! A truly bizarre and chilling show with a strange, cryptic message. Not great.

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