Thriller (1960–1962)
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When a concert pianist envisions her own coffin in her drawing room, she doubts her sanity. No one else sees it or hears a phantom organ's funeral music in the isolated, haunted mansion. ... See full summary »

Director:

Ida Lupino

Writers:

Harold Lawlor (story), Donald S. Sanford (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Judith Evelyn ... Mildred Adler Beaumont
Tom Helmore ... Eric Beaumont
Adele Mara ... Lydia Adler
Frank Wilcox ... The Detective
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When a concert pianist envisions her own coffin in her drawing room, she doubts her sanity. No one else sees it or hears a phantom organ's funeral music in the isolated, haunted mansion. Wealthy, but plain Mildred's been housebound with a weak heart, tended by her sensual sister and ne'er-do-well husband, who Mildred dangles on a short financial leash. Written by David Stevens

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Lydia Adler: Lose something
[Eric is startled]
Lydia Adler: What's the matter with you?
Eric Beaumont: Didn't you hear her?
Lydia Adler: Hear what?
Eric Beaumont: Mildred! Playing!
Lydia Adler: Oh, don't be ridiculous!
[Eric smashes a glass on the floor]
Lydia Adler: That's enough tantrum for one day! Lie down, mother thinks you ought to sleep it off.
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Second season opener
14 May 2009 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

The second season begins with a somewhat typical 'is she or isn't she crazy?' storyline centering on the well-being of a distressed wife with a bad heart who cannot convince anyone that she saw a coffin with her name on it. Never really builds up steam although the supernatural denouement is satisfactory. As the wife, Judith Evelyn, an actress who always appeared frail, is perhaps best known for two roles opposite Vincent Price: on Broadway in 1941's "Angel Street" (filmed as "Gaslight," with Charles Boyer replacing Price as the wicked husband) and on screen in 1959's "The Tingler," in which she played a mute. Playing the husband, Tom Helmore had known Boris Karloff for many years (and his ex-wife Evie married Boris in 1946) but this was their only professional acquaintance. Best known for his role in Hitchcock's "Vertigo," Helmore would end his career in one of television's most terrifying presentations: the NIGHT GALLERY episode "The Caterpillar," featuring Laurence Harvey and an earwig.


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