Thriller (1960–1962)
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Mass murderer's descendant plots quicker inheritance options when his ill, rich uncle Pontifex, takes up with Queenie De Lyte, a stripper turned art fancier. A psychologist cured Pontifex's... See full summary »

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John Brahm

Writer:

Boris Sobelman
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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Edward Andrews ... Miles Tundifer
Sue Ane Langdon ... Queenie de Lyte
Vaughn Taylor ... Pontifex Tundifer
Howard McNear ... Jack Passasstroy
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Millard Braystone
Hallene Hill Hallene Hill ... The Old Woman
Cyril Delevanti ... The Old Man
Chet Stratton Chet Stratton ... Dr. Alfred Marvin
Bart Patton Bart Patton ... Joe
Jim Bannon ... The Police Lieutenant
Clem Bevans ... The Old Gaffer
Edgar Dearing Edgar Dearing ... The Police Sergeant
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Mass murderer's descendant plots quicker inheritance options when his ill, rich uncle Pontifex, takes up with Queenie De Lyte, a stripper turned art fancier. A psychologist cured Pontifex's obsession with restoring ancient family homes, destroying nephew Tundifer's hope of having Pontifex declared incompetent. Tundifer looks exactly like his evil ancestor, a portrait of whom hangs in one family mansion, whose expensive renovation may include a portal to a prior century. Written by David Stevens

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English

Release Date:

19 February 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The old mansion that Miles Tundifer enters will have a very famous address starting in 1964, it will be know as 1313 Mockingbird Lane, the home of the Munsters (1964). See more »

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An attempt at comedy is hindered by serious plot holes.
8 April 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In "Cousin Tundifer", the makers of "Thriller" go for a change of pace by making a funny episode. While the idea wasn't bad, the show didn't work very well because the show had way too many plot holes. If they'd plugged them up, it would have been much better.

Edward Andrews stars in this one and plays a typical sort of role--a jerk! Andrews usually played jerks on TV and this is certainly no exception. He's the sole heir to his uncle's estate, however, the uncle has a lot of nerve by staying alive! Additionally, he's spending money like mad--money that his nephew thinks is his. When the uncle's newest boondoggle is investigated by the nephew, the old fashioned house turns out to be very special--it's like a time machine! What's next? Well, it does involve the nephew trying to speed up his uncle's demise...but how?

Up until the murder, the show was pretty involving. But the murder was sloppy, made no sense nor, especially, how the body was disposed of by the killer. All in all, it just wasn't written well but it is mildly entertaining...in a brainless sort of way.


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