Thriller (1960–1962)
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An 11-year-old boy neglected by his father gets so caught up in his fantasy world that he takes a real rifle to hunt down his made-up enemy, the evil Black Bart.


Arthur Hiller


Robert Dozier


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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Frank Overton ... Bart Hattering
Bethel Leslie ... Gale Hattering
Tom Nolan Tom Nolan ... Hank Hattering (as Tommy Nolan)
Parley Baer ... Fisherman on Mountain
George Werier George Werier ... Fisherman in River


A lonely boy becomes perilously lost in fantasy, as his parents spar over raising him, then debate separating. In a mountain cabin for the summer, the mother and son battle boredom, while the father pounds out magazine articles in his room. When the father's too busy to take his son hunting, the boy (Tommy Nolan of "Buckskin", later a magazine writer) sneaks out on his own with a loaded rifle, pursuing the villain of his fantasies - Black Bart. Back in the cabin, the mother reveals that the son was booted from summer camp, for shooting an apple off another camper's head. Written by David Stevens

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20 September 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Hank takes target practice on some cans and bottles after crossing the waterfall, you can hear his third shot go off before he pulls the trigger. See more »

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Somewhat static episode still has intelligent dialogue and tense scenes
26 May 2011 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

An 11-year-old boy (Tommy Nolan) neglected by his father (Frank Overton) gets so caught up in his fantasy world that he takes a real rifle to hunt down his made-up enemy, the evil Black Bart. This early episode, which according to the other reviews is atypical of the series, is probably a bit too static. Much of the screen time is given over to the mother (Bethel Leslie) and father having a domestic quarrel in their summer cabin. As a magazine writer, his job takes him mentally and often physically away from his family, and the wife yearns for him even while asking him for a separation. Still, I couldn't help but enjoy the heightened, intelligent dialogue of a kind that is only heard in the old TV dramas of the day. The director (Arthur Hiller) and writer (Robert Dozier) do a pretty good job of punctuating the talk with tense scenes of the boy putting himself, and eventually a poor fisherman he mistakes for his quarry, in danger.

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