Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Purple Room 

A practical-minded skeptic must stay in the spooky Baton Rouge mansion his brother willed to him for one night or forfeit it to his cousin and her husband, who warn him of ghosts.


Douglas Heyes


Douglas Heyes


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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Rip Torn ... Duncan Corey
Patricia Barry ... Rachel Judson
Richard Anderson ... Oliver Judson
Alan Napier ... Lawyer Ridgewater
Ray Teal ... Sheriff Wiley
Joanna Heyes Joanna Heyes ... Caroline Vale Ransom


Heir feels smug about a mandatory night in a haunted mansion - armed with .38 & New York attitude. Otherwise his cousins reap the valuable Bayou property they shared with the deceased. Duncan shrugs off the legend of an ancestor who went mad after accidentally killing her husband, when he fought a ghostly intruder. Duncan's smirky superiority immediately riles the country cousins he's never met, but Duncan feels equally prepared for any spooky tricks from them. Written by David Stevens

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25 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The mask worn by Richard Anderson in order to frighten Rip Torn was the "Phantom of the Opera" mask worn by James Cagney in 1957's "Man of a Thousand Faces." See more »


Oliver Judson: If he was so smart, why did he have a heart attack?
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What a thrill
27 July 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Yes, I totally agree to what have said the other users. This is a terrific episode far away better than the previous ones of this series. Those other were not so terrible, but certainly not at the scale of this one. I must admit that, when watching it, I thought a little of another ghost story, with a man supposed to stay for a while in a haunted mansion: The film directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring Tony Franciosa, from 1970, which I don't remind the English title; check on IMDb. Of course, the story is not exactly the same, but there are some lines in common between the two of them.

Appreciate this one, folks, highly recommended. The best of the series so far.

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