Thriller: Season 2, Episode 22

The Incredible Doktor Markesan (26 Feb. 1962)

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Penniless Fred Bancroft, along with his new wife Molly, visits a sinister uncle he hasn't seen in years in hopes of living rent-free in his musty, decaying mansion.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself / Dr. Konrad Markesan
Fred Bancroft
Carolyn Kearney ...
Molly Bancroft
Prof. Everett Latimore
Henry Hunter ...
Prof. Angus Holden
Basil Howes ...
Prof. Charing
Billy Beck ...
Prof. Grant


Fred and Molly Bancroft, a pair of penniless newlyweds, are so desperate that they visit Fred's mysterious uncle Konrad Markesan, whom he hasn't seen in over twenty years. They are hoping to live in with him rent free until they can find jobs and be self-sufficient. The once-beautiful mansion is in a decrepitly musty state, filled with dust, cobwebs, and rats while Fred's once-kindly uncle is now a disheveled, cadaver-like figure who offers them shelter on condition that they never leave their room after dark, a condition that Markesan insures by locking them in at night. Written by (

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Fred leaves his wife after midnight in order to visit Professor Holden at the university. Against all logic, the Professor is found working diligently in his office. See more »


Boris Karloff: Above all, do not seek me out or disturb me for any reason whatever.
Fred Bancroft: Whatever you say, sir.
Boris Karloff: [Pausing by the door before he leaves] One more condition, and this is vital - I don't care to have you venture forth at night. You must either stay in these rooms from dusk until dawn or leave the house entirely for the night. You understand?
[He exits and closes the door]
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2 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Dick York and Carolyn Kearney play Fred & Molly Bancroft, a newlywed couple who are having severe financial problems, so visit his eccentric uncle Konrad Markesan(played by Boris Karloff) for a place to stay while they find nearby jobs at a college university. They are troubled to find that his uncle looks cadaverous, and warns them to never leave their room at night, even locking it on them, but of course this doesn't deter their snooping, which will lead to a dire fate indeed... Classic episode is a true masterpiece of modern Gothic horror, with a grim atmosphere dripping with portents of doom, and has Karloff's finest television performance. Legendary final twist and end is a bone chilling achievement in horror, and a real gut-punch to the viewer, but carefully foreshadowed to seem inevitable.

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