Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Fatal Impulse 

A man fleeing from an attempt to assassinate a political candidate puts a small bomb in the bag of a woman in an elevator. The police spend the evening looking for the mystery girl and the ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Mayer

Writers:

John D. MacDonald (story), Philip MacDonald (adaptation)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Robert Lansing ... Lieutenant Brian Rome
Whitney Blake ... Jane Kimball
Conrad Nagel ... Mayor Walker Wylie
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Harry Elser
Steve Brodie ... Sgt. George Dumont
Elaine Edwards ... Marjorie Dalquiss
Lance Fuller ... Robert Larrimore
Harry Bartell ... Mr. Dalquiss
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Carolyn
Antony Carbone Antony Carbone ... Bernie
Mary Tyler Moore ... Mary Snyder
Ed Nelson ... Brundage
Cynthia Pepper ... Receptionist
Ernestine Barrier Ernestine Barrier ... Agnes Kimball
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A man fleeing from an attempt to assassinate a political candidate puts a small bomb in the bag of a woman in an elevator. The police spend the evening looking for the mystery girl and the bomb. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Elisha Cook tears a sign from the window of a dark, empty store, but the window reads "Taco House - open 24 hours." See more »

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Not bad but it's too much like a cop show for my tastes.
5 May 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the television show "Thriller" began, it was a rather dull show despite being hosted by Boris Karloff. Fortunately, later in the series the shows began to explore topics like the supernatural--more like "The Outer Limits" or "The Twilight Zone". Unfortunately, the earlier shows mostly seemed like detective stories--and they were generally a boring lot. "The Fatal Impulse" is one such early episode.

The show begins with a nut-case (Elisha Cook) making some threats to blow up a guy running for political office. The cops take this very seriously and nearly catch the guy--though he manages to elude them-- only to run right into the path of a vehicle. He's killed but is able to tell the police a bit about where he planted it. Unfortunately, it's in a lady's bag and the exact person is unknown. So Lieutenant Rome (Robert Lansing) really has his work cut out for him.

This isn't a show--just one that is like a cop show. And, as a cop show and not a scary show, it's worth seeing. The acting is very good (Lansing was an underrated actor). Just don't expect monsters, parallel universes and the like!

By the way, look close at the 38 minute mark and you'll be able to see Mary Tyler Moore just before she became famous with "The Dick Van Dyke Show".


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