Thriller: Season 1, Episode 19

Choose a Victim (24 Jan. 1961)

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A beach bum locks onto a wealthy young woman whose sadness is as obvious as her flashy jewels and sports car. At first Ralphie Teal only desires a quick score, but when the comely Ms. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Larry Blyden ...
Edith Landers
Guy Mitchell ...
Detective Hazlett
Uncle Philip Landers
Tracey Roberts ...
Detective Sid Benajain
Henry Hunter ...
Larry Kirt


A beach bum locks onto a wealthy young woman whose sadness is as obvious as her flashy jewels and sports car. At first Ralphie Teal only desires a quick score, but when the comely Ms. Landers forgives his larceny in exchange for his serious attention, the heel sees a much bigger payoff looming, via her only relative, a harsh uncle who's loaded. Written by David Stevens

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Susan Oliver and Tracy Roberts
19 October 2008 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

A Maxwell Shane crime entry featuring Larry Blyden as a beach bum who begins a secret affair with a wealthy blonde (Susan Oliver), after bungling an attempted robbery. Eventually, sneaking around town to avoid her disapproving uncle (Vaughn Taylor, from "Psycho") is too much for the would be thief, who wants the girl to help him kill the old man by faking an auto accident in an isolated area on a hilltop road. Standard Hitchcock type drama with a few twists and turns to maintain interest, but hardly enough to stretch into an hour long program. Vaughn Taylor is perfectly cast as the uncle (he died in 1983) while other familiar TV faces include Billy Barty and Henry Corden as the detective. Pretty Susan Oliver (who died in 1990) is best remembered for the STAR TREK pilot "The Cage," opposite Jeffrey Hunter, the unforgettable image of the green skinned dancer. Who says it's not easy being green? Not to be undone in the looks department is Tracey Roberts, as the girl thrown under the bus by our hero, who was 46 at the time but clearly still a babe, shown to great advantage by director Richard Carlson, who appeared as an actor in the later THRILLER "Kill My Love."

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