Thriller: Season 1, Episode 10

The Prediction (22 Nov. 1960)

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A fake mentalist suddenly has visions of people's violent deaths and attempts to stop them from coming true.

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Clayton Mace
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Norine Burton
Alexander Davion ...
Grant Dudley (as Alex Davion)
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Gus Kostopulos
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Roscoe Burton
Murvyn Vye ...
'Gunner' Gogan
Richard Peel ...
Charlie
Seymour Green ...
Harcourt
Keith McConnell ...
Skeptic
Barbara Kelley ...
Skeptic's Fiancee
Michael Gibson ...
Petrol Pump Attendant
Michael St. Clair ...
Road Workman
Iris Bristol ...
Helen Tate
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An elderly stage mentalist makes no pretense that his clairvoyant act is purely for entertainment. But one night he is seized with a vision of a death in the boxing ring. He sends the father of his beautiful stage assistant to warn the manager of the ill-fated boxer, but the bounder makes a bet on his prediction instead and wins big. The whole thing has everyone in the theater spooked. Meanwhile, the mentalist has other visions of death and especially fears for the safety of his assistant, who wants to get married and leave town. Her skeptical fiancé thinks the old man has greedy motives for delivering a dire warning about a twisted road sign, but his predictions are all proving horribly true. Written by J. Spurlin

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All considered one of my favorites
25 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First let me say that Thriller is one of my all-time favorite anthology series on TV. Many of the stories give me goosebumps and chills some almost 50 years later. The Blair Witch Project was just the opposite. I saw it once in the theater with a lot of folks like me drawn in by comments like "Scary as hell" Peter Travers Rolling Stone. When the end came as it built like something would happen, nothing did. It was a shame because everyone took a breath and some might have been scared, but I wasn't. It never scared me and rarely creeped me out. I heard some say they had trouble sleeping, but I slept like a baby after seeing it. Just for fun, I made a list of shows and films that scared me more than it did and after a while I had to stop for it was going on and on with no end in sight. I had silents from the 20's,talkies from 30's and 40's, not to mention the 50's,60's,70's and 80's. Many episodes of thriller were scarier to me than BWP, so there.

However, I am here to comment on the Prediction. Honestly to me it was certainly not an average episode. I thought it was very enjoyable yet very sad. I was very involved emotionally and that was one of the reasons it was given a nine. One reviewer mentioned the relationship between Mace and his assistant being like father daughter and it was this relationship that scored so heavily with me. This relationship was at the "heart" of the story and gave it it's "heart"! IMO both Audrey Dalton(who I thought was lovely)and Boris nailed their performances and made me believe in the story. No, not a lot was explained about the supernatural aspects, and that could be a slight flaw, but since when is it necessary to explain everything? I also thought all the players did well with their parts. Maybe I am stupid, but to me it wasn't too predictable, and the ending ripped at my heart. For me it was sad and tear filled at the end. Anyway, my two cents.


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