Thriller: Season 1, Episode 25

Trio for Terror (14 Mar. 1961)

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3 stories in this episode. First, a young man kills his uncle, not realizing that his uncle was a warlock. In the second tale, a man breaks the bank at a casino, but may not live through ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
The Hussar ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Kriss Milo ('The Mask of Medusa')
Robin Hughes ...
Collins ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Shanner ('The Mask of Medusa')
Richard Lupino ...
Simon ('The Extra Passenger')
Terence de Marney ...
Uncle Julian ('The Extra Passenger')
Noel Drayton ...
Superintendent ('The Mask of Medusa')
Peter Brocco ...
Major Domo ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Richard Peel ...
Inspector ('The Mask of Medusa')
Richard Flato ...
Croupier ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Jacqueline Squire ...
Old Woman ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Iris Bristol ...
Katie ('The Extra Passenger')
Francis Bethencourt ...
Ashton ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Gilchrist Stuart ...
Train Guard ('The Extra Passenger') (as Gil Stuart)


3 stories in this episode. First, a young man kills his uncle, not realizing that his uncle was a warlock. In the second tale, a man breaks the bank at a casino, but may not live through the night. In the third tale, a sculptor/artist shows off his "Chamber of Horrors" of killers, but are they actually sculptures? Written by Anonymous

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First multi-story episode
8 November 2008 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Trio for Terror" would be the first of THRILLER's 3 multi-story episodes, the other two being "Dialogues with Death" (featuring Karloff in both tales) and "The Lethal Ladies." The strongest tale here is the first, "The Extra Passenger," which stars director Ida Lupino's cousin Richard as a greedy, scheming nephew who establishes an alibi on a train as he travels to his wealthy uncle's home to do away with the old man (Terence de Marney). He meets his comeuppance on the ride back home, due to a mysterious second passenger in his private compartment. Story two, "A Terribly Strange Bed," features Robin Hughes as a gambler on a lucky streak who breaks the bank but soon regrets it. This weak tale does benefit from a strong cast, including Reginald Owen and Peter Brocco, while Hughes is probably best known for "The Howling Man" episode of TWILIGHT ZONE in 1960, and the title role in 1958's "The Thing That Couldn't Die." The third and final story also has a strong cast: "The Mask of Medusa" stars Michael Pate (1959's "Curse of the Undead") as a notorious strangler on the run who hides out in a wax museum with a number of lifelike statues of famous criminals on display. John Abbott (1945's "The Vampire's Ghost) stands out as the proprietor although the ending is a bit of a letdown. All in all, Ida Lupino would helm a total of nine THRILLERs, and even script one as well, in collaboration with her cousin Richard ("The Last of the Sommervilles," which featured a rare acting role for host Karloff).

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