Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Fatal Impulse 

A man fleeing from an attempt to assassinate a political candidate puts a small bomb in the bag of a woman in an elevator. The police spend the evening looking for the mystery girl and the ... See full summary »

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Himself
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Lieutenant Brian Rome
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Jane Kimball
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Mayor Walker Wylie
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Harry Elser
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Sgt. George Dumont
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Marjorie Dalquiss
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Robert Larrimore
Harry Bartell ...
Mr. Dalquiss
Alice Backes ...
Carolyn
Antony Carbone ...
Bernie
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Mary Snyder
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Brundage
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Ernestine Barrier ...
Agnes Kimball
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A man fleeing from an attempt to assassinate a political candidate puts a small bomb in the bag of a woman in an elevator. The police spend the evening looking for the mystery girl and the bomb. Written by Anonymous

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29 November 1960 (USA)  »

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Elisha Cook tears a sign from the window of a dark, empty store, but the window reads "Taco House - open 24 hours." See more »

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It Just Doesn't Fit
14 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

There isn't anything terrible about this episode. It's a story of the police trying to find a bomb before it blows up and kills a woman and those around her. There is a tiny bit of tension with the usual McGuffin (Hitchcock's audience knowledge thing), but it slides along at a slow pace. It also introduces a romantic element that is out of place in such a serious situation. Elisha Cook, who always played the outcast, plants the bomb and then gets killed. They know he placed it in the bag of a girl on the elevator. The problem here is that this is just pedestrian (if that) fare for a cheap crime drama, even of that era. Thriller, the anthology series, is throwing away opportunities to do something unique, banking on good writing. It was interesting to see Mary Tyler Moore in a twenty second scene. She gets chewed out by the detectives. Really good cast. Very little delivery.


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