Thriller (1960–1962)
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A second-rate nightclub magician inherits a genuine book of sorcery from his occultist uncle. He uses it to summon a demon to create impossible magic feats for his act but there is a price to pay.

Director:

John Brahm

Writer:

John Tomerlin
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Harry Townes ... Mario Asparos / Radan Asparos
Ilka Windish Ilka Windish ... Monika Asparos
Henry Silva ... Toby Wolfe
Alan Napier ... Attorney Pinchot
Richard Hale ... Lars Eisenhart
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Edith Pringle
Ned Glass ... Vince Fennaday
Milton Parsons ... Butler
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A second-rate nightclub magician inherits a genuine book of sorcery from his occultist uncle. He uses it to summon a demon to create impossible magic feats for his act but there is a price to pay.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The logo on the cover of the black magic book is a monogram whose letters can spell "NECRONOMICON". The Necronomicon was a fictional book on black magic invented by 1930's writer H. P. Lovecraft. Some of Lovecraft's friends (Robert Bloch and Robert Howard) had stories adapted for "Thriller". See more »

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A crewman's shadow is plainly visible on an interior column during a scene in the Asparos apartment. See more »

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The Inheritence
30 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Harry Townes stars as both Radan and Mario Asparos; Radan is a dying warlock who leaves his book of evil spells and magic to his nephew Mario, a struggling magician with a failed night club act that decides to use the book to liven up his stage tricks, which works remarkably well, but his assistant and wife Monika becomes alarmed by its perceived evil, and she enlists the help of old friend and former magician Toby Wolfe(played by Henry Silva) to stop her husband, but he refuses to heed all warnings, and instead invokes a demon that proves difficult to control... Townes is acceptable in his dual roles, but heavily atmospheric episode never quite catches fire like it should, though remains entertaining.


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