Thriller (1960–1962)
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Knock Three-One-Two 

A man in need of money enlists the help of a serial killer to get the money from his wife.


Herman Hoffman


Fredric Brown (story), John Kneubuhl (adaptation)


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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Self
Joe Maross ... Ray Kenton
Beverly Garland ... Ruth Kenton
Charles Aidman ... George Mikos
Warren Oates ... Benny
David Alpert David Alpert ... Joe Bedell
Murray Alper ... Older Bartender
Norman Leavitt ... Charlie
Meade Martin Meade Martin ... Silk Stocking Strangler
Clancy Cooper ... Police Captain
Lida Piazza Lida Piazza ... First Waitress
Will J. White ... Lt. Tracy
Bunny Bishop Bunny Bishop ... Second Waitress
Lillian O'Malley Lillian O'Malley ... Landlady


A man in need of money enlists the help of a serial killer to get the money from his wife.

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Pete Rugolo's score uses the 3-1-2 rhythm as a motif. See more »


Ray was at the bar talking to the strangler at a time approaching midnight, but the next scene where George drops off Ruth at her apartment, it appears to be daylight. See more »


Version of The Red Ibis (1975) See more »

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Entertaining if unbelievable
12 November 2016 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Ray Kenton (Joe Maross) owes some gangsters $1,500...or they'll kill him. His long-suffering wife Ruth (Beverly Garland) refuses to give him the money. There's also a killer roaming around town strangling women to death. Through a highly unlikely set of circumstances Ray figures out how to get the money using the killer. Also in the cast was the then unknown Warren Oates as Benny.

Fairly entertaining thriller with a good cast and acting--Maross, Garland and Oates are all great. However the plot is highly unbelievable and the direction is off at times. One transition shot from an alley to Benny's apartment was REALLY clumsy. Still I was entertained by it. One of the better entries in the "Thriller" TV series.

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13 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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