Thriller (1960–1962)
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Business executive Alan Patterson's life takes a surreal turn when two mentally disturbed people independently wind up with fixations on his life. One wants to marry him, and the other wants to be him.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

James P. Cavanagh (adaptation), William O'Farrell (novel)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Himself - Host
Leslie Nielsen ... Alan Patterson
George Grizzard ... Merle Jenkins
Natalie Trundy ... Lily Hanson
Dianne Foster ... Judy Patterson
Constance Ford ... Louise Jenkins
Virginia Christine ... Marge
Carol Kelly Carol Kelly ... Miss Rudley
Ray Montgomery ... Bill Purdy
Pat McCaffrie Pat McCaffrie ... Liquor Store Proprietor
Mickey Simpson ... Bert
Pamela Duncan ... Sue
Judy Whitney Judy Whitney ... Leticia Patterson (as Judy Erwin)
Perry Ivins Perry Ivins ... Landlord
Warren Parker Warren Parker ... Poker Player on Telephone
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Business executive Alan Patterson's life takes a surreal turn when two mentally disturbed people independently wind up with fixations on his life. One wants to marry him, and the other wants to be him.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1960 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A rather unspectacular beginning.
30 June 2019 | by b_kiteSee all my reviews

In the pilot episode of "Boris Karloff's Thriller" we have the great Leslie Nelson as a business executive, he has it all looks, money, a loving wife, and a cute little daughter, however one day he is confronted by a strange younger woman played by Natalie Trundy who he always finds staring at him. She actually works at the same office he does and has fallen in love with him. Nelson rejects her advances and pretty soon she's calling his house and sending notes of infidelity to his wife who is starting to suspect that he is indeed conducting an affair with her. Elsewhere another young office worker played by George Grizzard is having problems with his life, he grew up in an abusive family (particularly his sister) and has dreams of reaching the heights of Nelson who he pretty much idolizes, however he doesn't know the means to go about it and is always constantly late for his job and in trouble. Eventually he crosses paths with Trundy's character and things really start to get bad. Overall this is a pretty pedestrian affair much like fellow reviewer hitchcoc stated its full of holes, and character motives are head scratching at times, also add to the fact it just seems to end without any proper conclusion doesn't help it either. Nelson is great as is the rest of the cast, but, this is largely forgettable.


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