Thriller: Season 1, Episode 7

The Purple Room (25 Oct. 1960)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Horror
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A practical-minded skeptic must stay in the spooky Baton Rouge mansion his brother willed to him for one night or forfeit it to his cousin and her husband, who warn him of ghosts.



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Episode cast overview:
Duncan Corey
Rachel Judson
Oliver Judson
Lawyer Ridgewater
Sheriff Wiley
Joanna Heyes ...
Caroline Vale Ransom


Heir feels smug about a mandatory night in a haunted mansion - armed with .38 & New York attitude. Otherwise his cousins reap the valuable Bayou property they shared with the deceased. Duncan shrugs off the legend of an ancestor who went mad after accidentally killing her husband, when he fought a ghostly intruder. Duncan's smirky superiority immediately riles the country cousins he's never met, but Duncan feels equally prepared for any spooky tricks from them. Written by David Stevens

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The mask worn by Richard Anderson in order to frighten Rip Torn was the "Phantom of the Opera" mask worn by James Cagney in 1957's "Man of a Thousand Faces." See more »

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Horror In Black Oak
29 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Rip Torn plays Duncan Corey, a rather smug young heir who has just inherited a Bayou mansion called Black Oak, but is informed that he must spend a year living in it if he is to inherit the estate, which is going to become quite valuable to re-developers. If he leaves before the year is up, the property goes to Oliver & Rachel Judson(played by Richard Anderson & Patricia Barry). They too are determined to inherit it, and try to scare him with the legend of the haunted purple room, where his ancestor shot and killed her husband, then went mad. The three of them will indeed spend an eventful first night in Black Oak, which may also be their last... Quite entertaining episode was the first of the horror ones, and works very well indeed, with a fine cast, story and direction.

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