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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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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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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The Pavlovian tale of Dr. Cordell and Mr. Hyde.
21 October 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Dr. Cordell (Robert Vaughn) is working in his chemistry lab when he is accidentally exposed to a dangerous chemical that almost kills him. When he awakens, he has a weird new outlook on life...and when he hears a bell, he becomes a homicidal maniac! Soon he's killing little birds and Marlo Thomas! If this idea sounds kinda dumb...well, you're right.

The quality of the episodes of "Thriller" varies tremendously. A few episodes are brilliant...most are, at best, adequate...and "The Ordeal of Dr. Cordell" is NOT among the brilliant shows in the series. The basic premise is pretty dumb and Vaughn's overacting when he hears a bell is unintentionally funny...making the episode anything but thrilling. It's easy to skip this one....and you'd be doing yourself a favor!


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