Thriller (1960–1962)
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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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Himself - Host
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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
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Bill Purdy
Pat McCaffrie ...
Liquor Store Proprietor
Mickey Simpson ...
Bert
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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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13 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Interesting but ultimately not successful
18 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Businessman Alan Patterson (Leslie Nielsen) is very successful. He also has a loving wife (Dianne Foster) and a small child. A seriously deranged woman named Lily (Natalie Trundy) falls in love with him and immediately declares they're lovers no matter how much Alan tells her they're not. Evil mail worker Merle Jenkins (George Grizzard) notices and decides to use it to his advantage. It all leads to a murder and various other complications.

The premiere episode of the "Thriller" TV series hosted by Boris Karloff. It's hardly a thriller. It's little more than a psychological drama with a killing thrown in. It is well-done and acted but it falls apart half-way through. Characters act incredibly stupid and do REALLY dumb things (especially Alan and Merle), there are great leaps of logic and it all ends up pretty predictably. Still it's worth seeing for Nielsen and Grizzard in two early roles.


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