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"Thriller" The Closed Cabinet (1961)

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Jess Carneol (teleplay)
Kay Lenard (teleplay)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
27 November 1961 (Season 2, Episode 10)
A medieval curse has hung over the Mervyn family for three hundred years, dictating that there will be a murder in the clan in every generation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Olive Sturgess ... Evie Bishop
David Frankham ... Alan Mervyn
Jennifer Raine ... Lucy Mervyn
Peter Forster ... George Mervyn
Doris Lloyd ... Dame Alice
Patricia Manning ... Lady Beatrice
Myra Carter ... The Maid

Kendrick Huxham ... Andrews
Molly Glessing ... Agnes

Boris Karloff ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Purdy (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ida Lupino 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jess Carneol  teleplay
Kay Lenard  teleplay

Produced by
Douglas Benton .... associate producer (as Doug Benton)
William Frye .... producer
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline 
Film Editing by
Danford B. Greene 
Art Direction by
Howard E. Johnson 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron 
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
Florence Bush .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Clarke Bowman .... assistant director
Art Department
Jerome Gould .... graphic artist
Sound Department
John W. Rixey .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head
Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor

Series Crew
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Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lou Watt .... assistant director
Other crew
James P. Cavanagh .... story consultant
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Jerry Goldsmith is credited as composer on this episode. It is his music but he did not write a score for it - music from other episodes of his was edited together to create a score for this episode. In the business you'd say this episode was tracked, not scored.See more »
Miscellaneous: Arguably not so much a goof, but a rather fortunate event. During the intro sequence by Boris Karloff, the curtain moves around a lit candle only to be rather unnaturally pulled away by some unseen force or more likely, an unseen member of the crew.See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The Curse, 1 November 2014
Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America

Based on a Victorian ghost story, this atmospheric episode directed by Ida Lupino begins in 1580, with Lady Beatrice(played by Patricia Manning) killing her cruel husband Hugh Mervyn, then herself, only to fall victim to a curse issued by Hugh's vengeful mother dooming her descendants to shame and death that can only be ended under a specific set of circumstances. 300 years later, Evie Bishop(played by Olive Sturgess) arrives at the castle to be with her fiancée Alan(played By David Frankham) who along with his brother are the last of their line. She then becomes embroiled in the ghostly appearances of Lady Beatrice, who prompts Evie to solve the mystery, and end her cursed existence. Nicely done ghost story does have a distinct lack of menace, but makes up for it with charm and grace.

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