Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Twisted Image 

Business executive Alan Patterson's life takes a surreal turn when two mentally disturbed people independently wind up with fixations on his life. One wants to marry him, and the other wants to be him.

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Himself - Host
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Alan Patterson
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Merle Jenkins
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Lily Hanson
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Judy Patterson
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Louise Jenkins
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Marge
Carol Kelly ...
Miss Rudley
Ray Montgomery ...
Bill Purdy
Pat McCaffrie ...
Liquor Store Proprietor
Mickey Simpson ...
Bert
Pamela Duncan ...
Sue
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Leticia Patterson (as Judy Erwin)
Perry Ivins ...
Landlord
Warren Parker ...
Poker Player on Telephone
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Business executive Alan Patterson's life takes a surreal turn when two mentally disturbed people independently wind up with fixations on his life. One wants to marry him, and the other wants to be him.

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Series debut does NOT feature Karloff in an acting role
9 May 2008 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Thriller" is one of my all-time favorite TV shows and it all started with this first of several crime entries produced by Fletcher Markle (eight overall, none truly outstanding), who was replaced by William Frye in an attempt to improve sagging ratings. While it is true that viewers at the time were understandably confused by the occasional switch from horror to crime each week, today's audience need not share that uncertainty with episodes available on both DVD and the internet. "The Twisted Image" begins with a striking closeup of the eyes of freckle faced redhead Natalie Trundy, future wife of producer Arthur P. Jacobs, who would cast her in all four sequels to his "Planet of the Apes" features. Karloff himself appears only as the on screen host (as he would for all 67 shows) but does not portray any character roles until the tenth episode, "The Prediction." Natalie's gaze follows businessman Leslie Nielsen, a happily married family man with a young daughter, plotting to wreck his marriage and take him for herself. Hers is not the only obsession troubling Nielsen as one of his employees (George Grizzard) is a sneak thief who dreams of replacing his employer and even starts using Nielsen's name rather than his own. A few twists and turns, not all of them convincing, and cameos from Victor Sen Yung as a bartender, and an uncredited Frank Sully (Cousin Noah in "The Grapes of Wrath"), as a bystander swapping tales at a murder scene. Not a stellar episode but ya gotta start somewhere.


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