Thriller: Season 1, Episode 24

The Ordeal of Dr. Cordell (7 Mar. 1961)

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In a lab mishap, chemist Dr. Frank Cordell is exposed to an experimental gas that causes him to turn into a homicidal maniac when he hears the sound of ringing bells.

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In a lab mishap, chemist Dr. Frank Cordell is exposed to an experimental gas that causes him to turn into a homicidal maniac when he hears the sound of ringing bells.

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Three cast members celebrate birthdays on successive days: Marlo Thomas was born on November 21, Robert Vaughn on Nov. 22, and Boris Karloff on Nov. 23. See more »

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In the climactic scene with the chapel bell, the peals of the bell don't always match the movements of the clapper. See more »

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For Whom The Bells Toll
30 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Robert Vaughn plays a college chemist named Dr. Frank Cordell, who one day is experimenting in a chamber with test tubes when one of them breaks, and though wearing a gas mask, it doesn't seem to work, as Dr. Cordell falls unconscious, later concluding that he discovered an unknown gas that he is unable to locate again, despite many dedicated attempts. Even worse, Cordell seems to have unknowingly developed a murderous side whenever he hears the sound of bells, causing him to black out and murder college coeds. Can he find an antidote in time, before the police catch him? Good performance by Vaughn is the highlight of this familiar but effective episode, with many tragic overtones .


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