Thriller: Season 1, Episode 15

The Cheaters (27 Dec. 1960)

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A man invents a pair of glasses that can see the truth in others and oneself. They lead to a series of suicides, murders, and tragedies for the wearers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Miriam Olcott
Harry Townes ...
Sebastian Grimm
Edward Dean
Paul Newlan ...
Joe Henshaw
Barbara Eiler ...
Olive Dean
Linda Watkins ...
Maggie Henshaw
Dayton Lummis ...
Clarence Kramer
Mollie Glessing ...
Mrs. Ames (as Molly Glessing)
Grandon Rhodes ...
Judge Pfluger
Dirk Van Prinn
Joan Tompkins ...
Ellen Grimm
Ralph Clanton ...


A man invents a pair of glasses that can see the truth in others and oneself. They lead to a series of suicides, murders, and tragedies for the wearers.

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Classic example from Boris Karloff's cult TV series
3 February 2008 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

Directed by John Brahm from a story by Robert Bloch, host Boris Karloff. Recluse Dierke Van Prinn (Henry Daniell) tries on his latest invention, a pair of yellow-tinted spectacles, before a mirror and soon hangs himself. Centuries later, the glasses are unearthed during an estate sale and a trail of murder and suicide follow as "the cheaters" are passed from wearer to wearer showing things as they really are. Guest star Mildred Dunnock. John Brahm had directed the atmospheric Period Noirs THE LODGER (1944) and HANGOVER SQUARE (1945).

Boris Karloff's THRILLER (NBC 1960-1962) anthology series lasted only two seasons because it couldn't make up its mind as to just what a "thriller" was. The episodes alternated between noir-like crime stories and supernatural horror tales which left the show without a central target audience. As a Horror/Noir enthusiast, this series has lingered long in my memory -and not just for sentimental reasons going back to childhood. Episodes vary but, overall, its a rewarding experience for anyone interested.

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