Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Ordeal of Dr. Cordell 

In a lab mishap, chemist Dr. Frank Cordell is exposed to an experimental gas that causes him to turn into a homicidal maniac when he hears the sound of ringing bells.

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Laslo Benedek (as Lazlo Benedek)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Robert Vaughn ... Dr. Frank Cordell
Kathleen Crowley ... Dr. Lois Walker
Robert Ellenstein ... Dr. Brauner
Russ Conway ... Lt. Boutaric
Marlo Thomas ... Susan Baker
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Mrs. Heath
Lorrie Richards Lorrie Richards ... Secretary
Aron Kincaid ... Speaker at Pep Rally (as Norm Williams)
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In a lab mishap, chemist Dr. Frank Cordell is exposed to an experimental gas that causes him to turn into a homicidal maniac when he hears the sound of ringing bells.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Three cast members celebrate birthdays on successive days: Marlo Thomas was born on November 21, Robert Vaughn on Nov. 22, and Boris Karloff on Nov. 23. See more »

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In the climactic scene with the chapel bell, the peals of the bell don't always match the movements of the clapper. See more »

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So-so thriller
23 June 2018 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Dr. Frank Cordell (Robert Vaughn) is experimenting with some unknown gas. By mistake he gets a whiff of it. He passes out but wakes up fine. Unfortunately the gas (some how) has a side effect--it makes him go into a murderous rage whenever he hears bells!

Middling episode of the "Thriller" TV series/ The plot is ridiculous and plods along slowly. Also Vaughn gives a rare bad performance. The only bright spots are a good performance by Kathleen Crowley and a small bit by then unknown Marlo Thomas. Also there's a hilarious ending that's supposed to be horrific. This can be skipped.


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