Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Lethal Ladies 

2 twisted tales of timid people hitting their breaking point. A philandering investor dreams of independence from his wife, a wealthy, bold geologist, but when his latest scheme plummets ... See full summary »

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Ida Lupino

Writers:

Joseph Payne Brennan (stories), Boris Sobelman (adaptation)
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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Howard Morris ... Myron Sills / Dr. Wilfred Bliss
Rosemary Murphy ... Lavinia Sills / Alice Quimby
Pamela Curran Pamela Curran ... Gloria ('Murder on the Rocks')
Marjorie Bennett ... Mercedes ('Murder on the Rocks')
Robert Carson ... Albert White ('Murder on the Rocks')
Jackie Russell ... Martha Foster ('Goodbye, Dr. Bliss')
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Mr. Sutter ('Goodbye, Dr. Bliss') (as Henry Brandt)
Chet Stratton Chet Stratton ... Mr. Charles Delevant ('Goodbye, Dr. Bliss')
Ralph Moody ... Mr. Jacobson ('Goodbye, Dr. Bliss')
William Remick William Remick ... Mr. Dick Grant ('Goodbye, Dr. Bliss')
Jackie Joseph ... Miss Martin ('Goodbye, Dr. Bliss')
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2 twisted tales of timid people hitting their breaking point. A philandering investor dreams of independence from his wife, a wealthy, bold geologist, but when his latest scheme plummets down the big board, Myron plots murder. Alice Quimby's entire life is her work at a university library, but she's passed over to be chief librarian, in favor of Dr. Wilford Bliss, a martinet who's going to clean house, forcing her out before she can collect her pension. Written by David Stevens

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Morris plays a jerk...twice.
18 October 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode of "Thriller" is unusual in that it features two stories...and the same two actors play the leads in each. The theme seems to be guys who are jerks and the women who get fed up with them.

In the first story, Myron (Howard Morris) plays a mousy husband who has been cheating on his rich wife. But he's not completely a mouse...as he's been plotting to kill his wife. How this all backfires on both Myron and the wife (Rosemary Murphy) is for you to see.

In the second, Murphy plays Ms. Quimby...a librarian who expects to be made head librarian after her years of devoted service. Instead, they hire Dr. Bliss (Morris) and he turns out to be a complete jerk. It's his way or the highway....and he antagonizes his employees and begins firing them in order to bring in his own people who will cowtow to him. When he tells Ms. Quimby she's next to get fired, she is beside herself, as this job is her life.

In addition to the theme 'a woman scorned', a secondary theme seems to be mediocrity....at best. Both installments are rather poor (especially the first) and I frankly expected more from this anthology series. Now understand that the acting was very good....but the writing lacked irony and seemed second-rate and the show was not especially interesting. While I know this will offend some, this could be said of many episodes of "Thriller"...a very uneven series with a few exceptional shows but many more that were time-passers at best.


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