Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Hollow Watcher 

An Irish mail-order bride marries into a family in North Carolina, with a scheme to steal their hidden fortune. She murders her autocratic father-in-law and hides his body inside a scarecrow--but the vengeful scarecrow is now stalking her.

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William F. Claxton

Writer:

Jay Simms
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Audrey Dalton ... Meg O'Danagh Wheeler
Sean McClory ... Sean O'Danagh
Warren Oates ... Hugo Wheeler
Sandy Kenyon ... Mason
Walter Burke ... Croxton
Denver Pyle ... Ortho Wheeler
Norman Leavitt ... Hendricks
Lane Bradford ... Boles
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Mrs. Curtis
Mary Grace Canfield ... Ally Rose
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An Irish mail-order bride marries into a family in North Carolina, with a scheme to steal their hidden fortune. She murders her autocratic father-in-law and hides his body inside a scarecrow--but the vengeful scarecrow is now stalking her.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Meg has a terrific ability to exact revenge on Daddy! So, what's Daddy going to do in return??
25 October 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Meg (Audrey Dalton) recently married a poor country bumpkin, Hugo (Warren Oates). You wonder why this lady from Ireland would come all the way from Ireland to marry this hillbilly...and you later learn that somehow she think Hugo's family is hiding some fortune. But her father-in-law (Denver Pyle) hates her and her fleecing the family will be tough with him around...so she orchestrates a fight between her new hubby and the father. During this fight, Hugo is quickly knocked out....and Meg kills her father-in-law. To hide him, she hides his body inside a scarecrow!!

Soon, Meg's 'brother' arrives in town. I say it in quotes because he actually is her sweetie...and they both make a living marrying and killing their spouses! Nice family, huh? Now the brother is going to stick around and help look for that hidden money...that is...until the scarecrow arrives and takes its revenge!!

This is a very creepy episode....especially when the scarecrow is running amok. This is a good thing, as early episodes of "Thriller" were rather dull and when they introduced supernatural plots into the show, like this, it was a major improvement. Overall, I enjoyed this one quite a bit....though I was put off by Dalton as her Irish accent came and went and the director should have caught this.

UPDATE: After posting this, I checked and Ms. Dalton was born in Ireland! Nevertheless, her accent came and went on the episode and I am surprised the director didn't notice it and re-shoot a few scenes.


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