Thriller: Season 1, Episode 26

Papa Benjamin (21 Mar. 1961)

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A composer in need of inspiration turns to Voodoo melodies, but finds himself the victim of a Voodoo curse by Papa Benjamin.



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Episode cast overview:
Eddie Wilson
Robert H. Harris ...
Jerry Roberts
Henry Scott ...
Tommy Statts
Peter Forster ...
Insp. Daniels
Jester Hairston ...
Papa Benjamin
Alex Finlayson ...
Doctor with Nurse
Caleb Peterson ...
First Doctor
Cora Lang ...
Nurse (as Cora C. Lang)
Alibe Coppaga ...
Voodoo Dancer (as Alibe Copage)


A composer in need of inspiration turns to Voodoo melodies, but finds himself the victim of a Voodoo curse by Papa Benjamin.

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Producer Maxwell Shane bows out of the series
19 October 2008 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Producer Maxwell Shane bowed out with this eighth crime entry, "Papa Benjamin," a Cornell Woolrich story familiar to anyone who has viewed the 1964 anthology feature "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors," starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. In that film,the story (titled "Voodoo") is whittled down to about 25 minutes, and is played for humor by real life musician/actor Roy Castle. Shane's predictable THRILLER episode stars John Ireland as the bandleader who decides to use a voodoo chant in his act despite a warning of death from the title character (Jester Hairston), a revered voodoo priest. Director Ted Post ("Beneath the Planet of the Apes," "Magnum Force") nails this episode's problems in his incisive commentary on the DVD release. Cast as Ireland's attractive wife is Jeanne Bal, best known for playing Nancy Crater in the initial STAR TREK broadcast "The Man Trap," while in the sympathetic role of the manager is Robert H. Harris, remembered for his starring role as the crazed makeup artist in 1958's "How to Make a Monster."

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