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".


John Brahm


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


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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


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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Release Date:

1 November 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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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Early role for Richard Chamberlain
15 October 2008 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Watcher" is about a resort community terrorized by a fanatical killer whose murders of young women are dismissed as suicides until the local sheriff (Alan Baxter, later seen in "Waxworks") begins his own investigation. The maniac (Martin Gabel) then sets his watchful gaze on young lovers Olive Sturgess (from Karloff's own "The Raven" and a later THRILLER, "The Closed Cabinet") and Richard Chamberlain, 24-years-old, in only his second year on television. Former silent comedian Stu Erwin plays the girl's sympathetic uncle, virtually the only one in town who doesn't judge their relationship unfavorably. The tension mounts as the stalked girl grows ever more fearful while the killer spouts his religious litany with intense fervor among the unsuspecting townspeople, who must be pretty dense not to notice. Perhaps the oddest sequence is early on, as the zealous Gabel almost seems to be coming on to Richard Chamberlain as he tries to discourage the romance!

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