Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Weird Tailor 

A man seeks to resurrect his son by using a suit crafted using black magic.


Herschel Daugherty


Robert Bloch (adaptation), Robert Bloch (story)


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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Henry Jones ... Erik Borg
George Macready ... Mr. Smith
Abraham Sofaer ... Nicolai
Stanley Adams ... Mr. Schwenk
Sondra Blake ... Anna Borg (as Sondra Kerr)
Iphigenie Castiglioni Iphigenie Castiglioni ... Madame Roberti
Gary Clarke ... Arthur Smith


When a scholar, Mr. Smith, inadvertently kills his son Arthur during a mystic magic ritual, he tries to make amends by turning to black magic to resurrect his child. Smith designs a unique suit of unearthly material, and hires a financially-stricken tailor to make it to the unique specifications. Meanwhile, the tailor's abused wife turns to a damaged mannequin for solace. Written by Gislef

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Release Date:

16 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Bloch adapted his own short story but had to add material not in the story to be able to turn it into an hour of television. He adapted his story again for the film Asylum later on but that time it took up less screen time and is more faithful to the content of the short story. See more »


In his introduction of the main starring actors, Karloff clearly introduces Sondra Kerr as Sandra Carr. See more »

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The Weird Tailor
9 December 2008 | by plwbljSee all my reviews

Amazing episode-well executed,well-paced,well-acted-well-everything ! Robert Bloch's story is a classic from the pages of "WEIRD TALES" the classic pulp for decades('20's-50's). Remarkable.

Thriller gets a hold of this gem and expands on it beautifully. Henry Jones,MacReady,Kerr,etc. Everyone is doing a tour-De-force job;

The ambiance is superb: it is what you expect from this under rated TV Classic show which ran for two Seasons in 1960 to 1961.

The venerable Karloff sets us up deftly w\his excelled hosting and narration.

Special effects are really nicely done especially portraying "the enchanted suit."

Stanley Adams is quite a revelation as the stern Landlord and shows us some nuance towards the end of his scene towards the doomed Jones and adroitly reflects just the right amount of humanity.

The pace is effective,always moving,holding our attention.

Undoubtedly,this Tale is a top tiered entry and is rather memorable: everything plainly works !

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