Thriller: Season 1, Episode 7

The Purple Room (25 Oct. 1960)

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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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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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First horror episode
15 October 2008 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

After six rather forgettable crime entries, episode 7 marks the debut of new producer William Frye and the result is THRILLER's first all-out horror story, written and directed by Douglas Heyes, who would repeat his double duties for episode 16, "The Hungry Glass." Rip Torn stars as the inheritor of a spooky mansion (the PSYCHO house no less, which would reappear in episodes 32 "Mr. George", 43 "Masquerade", and 52 "An Attractive Family") that he will forfeit to his cousins unless he lives in it for a full year. He decides to spend the night in the "Purple Room," where a murder took place 100 years earlier, and is now reputed to be haunted. Atmospheric and scary, this first classic THRILLER demonstrates why this was one series that was thankfully done in black and white, retaining its eerie effectiveness without becoming dated, since most of the scripts were adaptations based on actual novels and magazine stories, from authors such as Cornell Woolrich, Robert Bloch ("Psycho") and Richard Matheson ("The Shrinking Man" and "I Am Legend"). Frye would remain as producer for the rest of its run except for 8 crime episodes from Maxwell Shane, and 2 each from former producer Fletcher Markle ("Girl with a Secret" and "Man in the Middle") and from Executive Producer Hubbell Robinson ("The Innocent Bystanders" and "The Specialists").


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