Another post in honor of Boris Karloff’s birthday.
Amazingly I never heard of this show until recently; they play it on Sunday nights on ME-TV. Thriller was apparently a show cooked up to compete with Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, and the unthinkably awesome One Step Beyond (although it did precede The Outer Limits). Karloff hosted this horror/ suspense anthology series, which ran two seasons on NBC from 1960 through 1962. He also acted in about a half dozen episodes. If you think Rod Serling’s and Alfred Hitchcock’s episode intros are delicious, imagine how delectable Karloff’s are, with all the black humor delivered with that rumbling, lisping voice.
This episode from 1960 features one of my favorite character actors, Henry Jones as a murderous mortician. And one of my favorite western actors Edgar Buchanan appears as well:
For more on the history of show business consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.
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