Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Purple Room 

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
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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25 October 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The mansion used in this episode is best known as the house from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). See more »


Oliver Judson: If he was so smart, why did he have a heart attack?
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The first horror show for "Thriller"...and not a bad one.
12 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

The "Thriller" TV show started out primarily as a crime anthology but started to veer over to horror during its first season. This was their first horror show and it's not bad. An obnoxious guy named Duncan Corey (a ridiculously young Rip Torn) is left an old haunted house when his brother dies. He wants to sell it BUT must spend a year in it before he can do it. If he leaves or dies it goes to his cousins--Rachel and Oliver Judson (Patricia Barry and Richard Anderson). He agrees and it goes predictably at first with strange noises and unexplained events. However it changes gears halfway through, throws in a twist and ends on a satisfying note. Not really scary but creepy and well-acted...except for Torn. He is a wonderful actor but not here. He over OVER acts to an embarrassing degree and it gets tiresome. Still it's worth catching.

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