The Veil (1958– )
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Food on the Table 

A sea captain (Karloff) returns from a sea voyage to a wife he does not love. He saves her life after she is bitten by a snake (don't ask) and almost immediately regrets having done so, as ... See full summary »

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A sea captain (Karloff) returns from a sea voyage to a wife he does not love. He saves her life after she is bitten by a snake (don't ask) and almost immediately regrets having done so, as he learns that a woman who is smitten with him has been recently widowed and has inherited a large sum of money. He plots his wife's murder, but will he succeed in his plans even if he is successful in ridding himself of his cumbersome wife? Written by C_F_K

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Some syndicated cable stations broadcast this episode under the alternate title "The Gloucester Captain." See more »

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Karloff Dominates This Macabre "The Veil" Episode
6 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

"The Veil", is a highly entertaining 1958 TV series which my fellow fans of Classic Horror/Mystery should enjoy, and which is especially recommended as it is hosted by none other than Horror-deity Boris Karloff. The individual episodes, in each of which Karloff narrates a mysterious story about the 'unexplainable, which lies behind the veil', are not all equally good, some, such as "Jack The Ripper" are fascinating and eerie, others, such as "Genesis" are just camp fun, but all episodes are entertaining and worthwhile. This third episodes (out of only 10), "Food On The Table" is highly recommendable, especially since Karloff himself plays the leading role (Karloff hosts the series, and he usually played smaller roles in the episodes). Karloff plays a ship captain, who comes home to his wife whom he does not love... I do not want to give too much away so I'll stop at this point. I will only say this much: The episode is delightfully macabre. As far as I am considered, this episode is not one of the absolute best in the series, but definitely one of the better ones. Karloff (one of the greatest actors who ever lived) is brilliant as always, and the role of the grouchy sailor fits him like a glove. Good performances also come from the rest of the cast. The atmosphere could have been a bit creepier, but it is good enough and the macabre story should satisfy the Classic Horror fan. Overall, "Food On The Table" is a highly recommendable episode.


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