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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
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
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7 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Burke and Hare with John Anderson and George Kennedy, 9 November 2008
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

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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