Thriller: Season 2, Episode 28

The Innocent Bystanders (9 Apr. 1962)

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Jacob Grant and John Paterson, a pair of Victorian-era bodysnatchers, turn to murder to supplement their income. First they take Grant's visiting sister-in-law, then set their sights on the unsuspecting boarders.

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Jacob Grant
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John Paterson
Janet Lake ...
Elsie Evans
Steven Terrell ...
Bruce Evans (as Steve Terrell)
Carl Benton Reid ...
Dr. Marcus Graham
Gale Robbins ...
Mary Jerold
Jean Engstrom ...
Anne Grant
Than Wyenn ...
Vane
Clegg Hoyt ...
Kyle
Clancy Cooper ...
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Anthony Jochim ...
The Beggar
Diki Lerner ...
Little Jamie (as Dikki Lerner)
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Jacob Grant and John Paterson, a pair of Victorian-era bodysnatchers, turn to murder to supplement their income. First they take Grant's visiting sister-in-law, then set their sights on the unsuspecting boarders.

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Burke and Hare with John Anderson and George Kennedy
9 November 2008 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

An extremely weak entry (no.65, possibly produced by Hubbell Robinson rather than regular producer Willam Frye), this is merely an ultra low budget take on the 19th century story of Burke and Hare, who murdered derelicts and prostitutes and sold their corpses to the medical academy of Doctor Knox (Boris Karloff himself mined this territory in 1945's superb "The Body Snatcher"). Carl Benton Reid plays the doctor (here named Marcus Graham), while the killers are called Jacob Grant (John Anderson) and John Paterson (George Kennedy). Anderson, perhaps best known as the "high pressured" car salesman in 1960's "Psycho," has the showy part, while Kennedy is a one-dimensional disappointment as the dimwitted accomplice. The young hero is played by Steve Terrell (1957's "Invasion of the Saucer Men"), Diki Lerner makes his second memorable appearance on THRILLER (the first was the dummy Hans in episode 41 "The Weird Tailor"), and there is an unbilled silent bit from Harry Wilson, former stand-in for Wallace Beery (and previously seen as a wax figure in "Waxworks"), perhaps best known to genre buffs as the title creature in 1958's "Frankenstein's Daughter." In 1964, THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR had equally mediocre results with their take on Burke and Hare, "The McGregor Affair."


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