Thriller (1960–1962)
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Rose's Last Summer 

An aging actress is mysteriously found dead in a family's garden, and they may know more about her death than they will admit.


Arthur Hiller


Marie Baumer (adaptation), Margaret Millar (story)


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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Mary Astor ... Rose French
Lin McCarthy ... Frank Clyde
Jack Livesey ... Haley Dalloway
Dorothy Green ... Ethel Goodfield
Hardie Albright ... Willet Goodfield
George N. Neise ... Replaced (credit only)
Loie Bridge Loie Bridge ... Annie Cushman (as Loie E. Bridge)
Percy Helton ... Replaced (credit only)
Robert Osterloh ... Capt. Greer
Fred Sherman Fred Sherman ... Doctor


An aging actress is mysteriously found dead in a family's garden, and they may know more about her death than they will admit.

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Release Date:

11 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Frank Clyde (Lin McCarthy) first arrives at the police department, he's wearing a light colored suit with a striped tie. However when he leaves the station with Haley Dalloway (Jack Livesey), he's got a dark suit and solid tie. Galloway's tie changes color too. See more »

Crazy Credits

In his opening narration, Boris Karloff introduces the "principal players" as "Miss Mary Astor, Mr. Lin McCarthy, and Miss Helen Quintal". In the closing credits, Mary Astor and Lin McCarthy are the first two names listed. At the very end of the cast is noted "and Helen Quintal", but after an instant the name Helen Quintal changes to Mary Astor. See more »

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Poor Astor reduced to this!
13 September 2014 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Mary Astor plays a faded alcoholic Hollywood star. She does find work as a sort of housekeeper--but she's very secretive about it. Then she'd discovered dead. Her ex-doctor (Lin McCathy) and one of her ex-husbands (Jack Livesey) thinks there's something peculiar about her death...they just don't know what it is (!!!). What follows is a VERY boring tale of murder.

Poor Astor. Was she really THIS desperate to work? She's wonderful in this but the story itself is so stupid, boring and full of plot holes that it's beyond belief. I tried watching this three times and each time fell asleep! Each time I woke up at the end and was able to easily figure out what I had missed. We're supposed to believe that the killers murdered someone and leave the body inside their backyard instantly pointing suspicion on them. And why exactly are the doctor and ex-husband so sure there was anything suspicious going on? They have absolutely nothing to go on. I could go on and on about this but it's hardly worth it. A very poor episode of the Thriller TV series.

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