Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Specialists 

An elite team of federal agents is formed to take down an international ring of jewel thieves.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Peter Duncan
Antony Hugh Swinburne
Helen Coleman
Ronald Howard ...
Martin Gresham
Patrick Galt
David Frankham ...
Joe Carter
Lucy Prentis ...
Peggy Duncan
Lauren Gilbert ...
Anthony Scott ...
Police Superintendent
London Bobby
The Nurse
Hedley Mattingly ...
Canadian Man


An elite team of federal agents is formed to take down an international ring of jewel thieves.

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30 April 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »


In the London scenes, the same piece of stock footage showing a taxi cab is used twice. Both times the film is reversed so all the letters on signs are backwards. In addition, the cab does not have enough people sitting inside it to match the close-up shots. See more »

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Final episode begins with a bang, the series ends with a whimper
7 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

The last of THRILLER's 67 episodes is "The Specialists," a watchable but highly inappropriate finale to an often terrifying series. A tale of terrorists in Canada and the 'specialists' who track them, this was intended to be the pilot for an crime-adventure show that producer Hubbell Robinson couldn't sell so he absorbed the cost by shifting it to THRILLER. This series was canceled after only 2 seasons because Alfred Hitchcock was suitably impressed and made certain the key personnel and writers were picked up for his show, which then expanded to an hour once THRILLER left the prime time airwaves. This final episode features as many as 10 actors who had appeared in previous shows, a lot of familiar faces with unfamiliar names, such as Lin McCarthy (seen in "Rose's Last Summer") and Alan Caillou, who both scripted and acted in episode 20, "Hay Fork and Bill-Hook." David Frankham and Ronald Howard (son of Leslie Howard) were also solid if under-appreciated, and equally effective as hero or villain. At least they cast a native Canadian, lovely Suzanne Lloyd, who did more extensive work in Britain, like THE AVENGERS ("The Murder Market") and the 1965 feature "The Return of Mr. Moto." After BORIS KARLOFF PRESENTS in 1949, COLONEL MARCH OF Scotland YARD in 1954, and THE VEIL in 1958-59 (which never aired at the time), Boris Karloff did one more anthology series in 1962, OUT OF THIS WORLD, before returning to the screen with 1963's "The Raven." Incidentally, the very last performance Karloff ever gave was in the November 30 1968 episode of THE NAME OF THE GAME, "The White Birch," which co-starred Roddy McDowall, Susan St. James, and series regular Gene Barry.

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