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
Molly Glessing ...
Mrs. Ames
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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They Can't Handle The Truth
30 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Classic episode of the series was well-remembered by fans. An inventor(played by Henry Daniell) creates a unique pair of eyeglasses that enable the wearer to see the truth in themselves and others. This sight drives the inventor to suicide, and decades later, when his house is being searched for treasures, is found by junk dealer Joe Henshaw(played by Paul Newlan) whose life is ruined when he tries them on. The glasses then come into the possession of an old woman(played by Mildred Dunnock), her son-in-law(played by Jack Weston), and finally author Sebastian Grimm(played by Harry Townes), all of whom can't handle the truth either... Most effective horror story is among the best, with a memorable closing scene.

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