Thriller (1960–1962)
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A schoolteacher and religious hypocrite takes a creepy interest in a handsome 20-year-old and the girl supposedly corrupting him. He murders her, but then discovers the young man has a more serious interest in another "corrupter".

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Dolores Hitchens (story), Donald S. Sanford (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Martin Gabel ... Freitag
Stuart Erwin ... Uncle Florian (as Stu Erwin)
Olive Sturgess ... Beth Pettit
Richard Chamberlain ... Larry Carter
James Westerfield ... Al Matthews
Alan Baxter ... Sheriff Phil Archer
Irene Hervey ... Mrs. Edith Pettit
Gloria Clark Gloria Clark ... Vida Tomlinson
Claire Carleton ... Eunice Appleby
Dan White ... Doctor (as Daniel M. White)
Nelson Olmsted ... Father
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Storyline

Authorities in a resort community cover up the suspicious death of a teenager so tourism doesn't suffer. As summer fades, a deputy sheriff gains permission to quietly investigate the death. Meanwhile a rigid, controlling teacher visiting for the season, grows increasingly disturbed as he spies on the secret relationship between a young neighbor and a boatyard manager, who are both already squirming under the power of adults in the small town. Written by David Stevens

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Richard Chamberlain's second TV acting role. See more »

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When Beth pushes past her at the stairs Eunice raises her hand to her mouth. After a cut she raises her hand again. See more »

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OK entry in the "Thriller" TV series
2 October 2015 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Episode involves a religious fanatic named Freitag ( Martin Gabel) who kills young men and women if they don't live up to his puritanical views. He sets his sights on young Beth (Olive Sturgees) and Larry (Richard Chamberlain). They secretly love each other but her mother would disapprove. Freitag sets out to punish both of them.

OK entry in the "Thriller" TV series. The acting is good (and Chamberlain looks SO young) and it moves at a quick enough pace. The problem is we're never told why Freitag is this way and why he singles those two out. It leaves a big question mark in the story. Still it does lead to a satisfying and (for 1960) quite bloody conclusion. Worth catching.


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