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"Thriller" The Innocent Bystanders (1962)

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Original Air Date:
9 April 1962 (Season 2, Episode 28)
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. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Boris Karloff ... Himself

John Anderson ... Jacob Grant

George Kennedy ... 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 ... Chief Constable
Anthony Jochim ... The Beggar
Diki Lerner ... Little Jamie (as Dikki Lerner)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Wilson ... Body Snatcher (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
John English 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Hardy Andrews  writer

Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline 
Film Editing by
Danny B. Landres 
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
Carter DeHaven .... assistant director (as Carter DeHaven III)
Art Department
Jerome Gould .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
Pete Rugolo .... composer: theme music (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lou Watt .... assistant director
Other crew
James P. Cavanagh .... story consultant
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60 min
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The Murderers, 2 November 2014
Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America

John Anderson & George Kennedy play Jacob Grant & John Paterson, two murderous body snatchers in Victorian England who are not above murdering any "innocent bystanders" when regular grave robbing dries up. They sell the bodies to a medical doctor who needs them for his experiments in class, but the morality of subverting the law by committing these illegal acts is much debated, as fate catches up with both Grant & Paterson... Oddly ineffectual re-telling of the familiar true life story of Burke & Hare has all the right ingredients but still comes out flat. Watch "The Body Snatcher"(1945) instead, or even "Night Gallery", which did a better version of this story called 'Deliveries In The Rear'.

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