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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Interesting but ultimately not successful
18 July 2014 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Businessman Alan Patterson (Leslie Nielsen) is very successful. He also has a loving wife (Dianne Foster) and a small child. A seriously deranged woman named Lily (Natalie Trundy) falls in love with him and immediately declares they're lovers no matter how much Alan tells her they're not. Evil mail worker Merle Jenkins (George Grizzard) notices and decides to use it to his advantage. It all leads to a murder and various other complications.

The premiere episode of the "Thriller" TV series hosted by Boris Karloff. It's hardly a thriller. It's little more than a psychological drama with a killing thrown in. It is well-done and acted but it falls apart half-way through. Characters act incredibly stupid and do REALLY dumb things (especially Alan and Merle), there are great leaps of logic and it all ends up pretty predictably. Still it's worth seeing for Nielsen and Grizzard in two early roles.


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