For my money the best mystery/horror anthology series on television was Thriller, the 1960-62 program hosted by Boris Karloff. For 67 episodes Thriller brought together great stories and great acting to send a collective chill up America's back.
Cornell Woolrich, Robert Bloch, Margaret Millar, William O'Farrell, Evelyn Berkmann, Charlotte Armstrong, Dolores Hitchens, John D. MacDonald, Fredric Brown, Jack Vance, Alan Caillou, Lionel White, Philip MacDonald, Wilkie Collins, Nelson S. Bond, Mary Elizabeth Counselman, Harold Lawlor, Robert Arthur, Robert E. Howard, Edgar Allan Poe, Cynthia Asquith, Henry Kuttner, Margaret St. Clair, Hugh Walpole, John Creasey, Joseph Payne Brennan, and August Derleth...all provided source material for Thriller. All writers whose work I have enjoyed. It's as if the show was singing directly to me. And the scripts by Bloch, Arthur, Charles Beaumont, Philip MacDonald, John Tomelin, and so many other others were just great.
Could anyone who has seen the Pigeons from Hell episode forget it? Or The Hungry Glass? Or Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper?
Only one episode from the series seems to be in the public domain, The Return of Andrew Bentley from December 11, 1961, adapted by Richard Matheson from the story by August Derleth and Mark Schorer, and directed by and starring John Newland, who is best known as the host of television's One Step Beyond. Starring with Newland are Antoinette Bower, Philip Bourneuf, Oscar Beregi, Ken Renard, Terence de Marney, Reggie Nalder, and Tom Hennesy.
Enjoy. And shiver.
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