Thriller (1960–1962)
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Man of Mystery 

An author is murdered when his book exposing an ex-employer, a secretive international financier, is to be published. A reporter tracks the case, but everyone he tries to interview dies ... See full summary »

Director:

John Newland

Writers:

Robert Bloch (adaptation), Robert Bloch (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Mary Tyler Moore ... Sherry Smith
John Van Dreelen ... Joel Stone
William Windom ... Lou Walters
Walter Burke ... Lucas
Mercedes Shirley Mercedes Shirley ... Jill Naylor
Robert Sampson ... Reporter
Willis Bouchey ... Lt. Farnham
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Dr. John Grail
William Phipps ... Harry Laxer
Ken Lynch ... Rudy
Yuki Shimoda ... Koto
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An author is murdered when his book exposing an ex-employer, a secretive international financier, is to be published. A reporter tracks the case, but everyone he tries to interview dies under suspicious circumstances. Meanwhile, the financier gets a comic fired because he's obsessed with ensnaring the funny-man's girlfriend, a leggy nightclub chanteuse. Written by David Stevens

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mary Tyler Moore as a singer
20 May 2009 | by kevin olzakSee all my reviews

"Man of Mystery," Robert Bloch's final THRILLER script, casts Mary Tyler Moore (previously seen in a small but memorable role in episode 11 "The Fatal Impulse") as nightclub singer Sherry Smith, who falls for the mysterious 'man of mystery' known as Joel Stone (John van Dreelen), a reclusive millionaire who has no friends except for his deafmute servant Lucas (Walter Burke, previously in episode 57 "The Hollow Watcher"). Meanwhile, nightclub comedian Lou Waters (William Windom), in love with Sherry, tries to find out the truth about Stone, but everyone he contacts wind up dead, from an author (William Phipps) who used to work for Stone, and a former lover (Mercedes Shirley) who suddenly decides to tell all, much to her regret. Many surprises in store for what must rank as the last great THRILLER. William Windom played the US President in 1971's "Escape from the Planet of the Apes," and did a memorable turn in the STAR TREK episode "The Doomsday Machine," while John van Dreelen had appeared in 1959's "The Leech Woman." The diminutive Walter Burke, the kind of actor one recognizes on sight, not knowing the name, apparently had this role scripted for him by Robert Bloch, inspired by the real-life recluse Howard Hughes.


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