Boris Karloff’s Thriller

The Twisted Image

Season/ Episode: 1/ 1
Director: Arthur Hiller
Writer: James P. Cavanagh

Young Leslie Nielsen’s business man Alan who is too smashing for his own good. As if one stalker wasn’t enough, he has two. As an encounter between them ends deadly, Alan is made the fall guy.

Child’s Play

Season/ Episode: 1/ 2
Director: Arthur Hiller
Writer: Robert Dozier

It’s a deadly dull summer trip for little Hank Hattering who’s parents are heading toward a divorce. So he goes out after his fantasy enemy Black Bart with his rifle – which just happens to be loaded.

Worse Than Murder

Season/ Episode: 1/ 3
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Writer: Mel Goldberg

Connie had bad luck in marrying a wasteful husband. After his rich father dies she hopes for better times. Which she will ensure by blackmailing the deceased man’s wife for his supposed murder.

The Mark of the Hand

Season/ Episode: 1/ 4
Director: Paul Henreid
Writer: Eric Peters

Was it a killing on purpose or a gruesome accident that left littel Tessa with a gun in her hand next to her shot neighbor? Since the girl refuses to speak, it’s up to Lieutenant Godon to find the truth.

Rose’s Last Summer

Season/ Episode: 1/ 5
Director: Arthur Hiller
Writer: Marie Baumer

Mary Astor plays Rose French, faded silver screen star and alcoholic. When a mysterious role-offer beckons she sees a last chance for fame – which she gets as the victim of a most peculiar murder.

The Guilty Men

Season/ Episode: 1/ 6
Director: Jules Bricken
Writer: John Vlahos

Everett Sloane plays the old friend and attorney of mobster Charlie who’s brother went straight. Now Charlie wants to go clean but his attempt is foiled as his arch rival plays some dirty tricks.

The Purple Room

Season/ Episode: 1/ 7
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Douglas Heyes

Rip Torn’s sceptic heir waited too long to inherit his brother’s phouse to let a few ghost tales cheat him of it. So he tackles the singular condition of living a year in the mansion full of creepy noises.

The Watcher

Season/ Episode: 1/ 8
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

Protecting the clean image of their resort community ranks higher for the authorities than protecting the lives of their residents. So they cover the crimes of a serial killer who’s as self-righteous as they.

Girl with a Secret

Season/ Episode: 1/ 9
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Newlywed Alice has to keep her husband’s whereabouts a secret. The reasons are quite different from what her eavesdropping maid suspects but that doesn’t protect Alice from being blackmailed.

The Prediction

Season/ Episode: 1/ 10
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

Boris Karloff plays Mr. Mace, a mentalist who thinks of himself as impostor. As a dead he foresees actually occurs, he tries to prevent his prophecies from coming true, making them self-fulfilling.

The Fatal Impulse

Season/ Episode: 1/ 11
Director: Gerald Mayer
Writer: Philip MacDonald

Elisha Cook, Jr.’s would-be-assassin is out to blow up the mayor at 11 o’clock. Caught in the act and fleeing, he slips the bomb into the handbag of a woman – who has no clue of her dangerous freight.

The Big Blackout

Season/ Episode: 1/ 12
Director: Maurice Geraghty
Writer: Oscar Millard

Former alcoholic Burt Lewis may have gotten away from the bottle but not his shady past. While he is unable to recall it, the mob remembers only too well the man they’re after – but is this really him?

Knock Three-One-Two

Season/ Episode: 1/ 13
Director: Herman Hoffman
Writer: John Kneubuhl

Gambling addict Ray has no more credit with the gangsters he owes, nor has he with his wife who refuses to give him money. To get it anyway he hires a killer who could be one of the serial kind.

Man in the Middle

Season/ Episode: 1/ 14
Director: Fletcher Markle
Writer: Howard Rodman

TV writer Sam gets stuck in a dangerous plot as he accidentally overhears two hoodlums planning a kidnapping. As warnings fail, the only way to protect the target it is for Sam to kidnap her himself.

The Cheaters

Season/ Episode: 1/ 15
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

A mysterious pair of spectacles with a trail of death on them surfaces on an estate sale. As their sinister history continues, a writer tries to find out their secret and ends up with fatal introspective.

The Hungry Glass

Season/ Episode: 1/ 16
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: Douglas Heyes

The Bellman House seems a perfect place for William Shatner’s married photographer Gil. Until the mansions many mirrors reveal to him uncanny reflections of a dark past – or Is it his failing nerves?

The Poisoner

Season/ Episode: 1/ 17
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Robert hardy Andrews

Out to marry a wealthy woman, Edward Griffiths falls himself for a gold-digger. Worse, she brings her grating relatives. Luckily, he is a collector of rare poisons who ease his plight death by death.

Man in the Cage

Season/ Episode: 1/ 18
Director: Gerald Mayer
Writer: Stuart Jerome

Somewhere in the streets of Tangier would-be-courier and drug thief Noel Hudson hides from the criminals. Also looking for him is his brother who becomes himself the one ending up behind bars.

Choose a Victim

Season/ Episode: 1/ 19
Director: Richard Carlson
Writer: George Bellak

A clumsy attempt by cocky Ralphie to burglarize the apartment of Edith makes a kinky match of murderers of the burnt-out beach bum and the comely but lonely niece of an uncle too rich to life.

Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook

Season/ Episode: 1/ 20
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Alan Caillou

Dark Woods is a town that lives up to its name in terms of obscurantism. Scared by a serial killer, the locals resort to witch hunting. The next one singled out is investigating inspector Robert’s wife.

The Merriweather File

Season/ Episode: 1/ 21
Director: John Brahm
Writer: John Kneubuhl

An attempt on Ann Marriweather’s life is made at her home but it’s the hitman who is found dead: in the trunk of Mr. Merriweather who has no clue of his fatal freight – and an even more fatal plot.

The Fingers of Fear

Season/ Episode: 1/ 22
Director: Jules Bricken
Writer: Robert Hardy Andrews

A town stalked by a killer of children is all too ready to condemn a mentally retarded man for the crimes. They, however, are linked by a creepy fixation on dolls which leads a very different suspect.

Well of Doom

Season/ Episode: 1/ 23
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

At night smug and wealthy Robert Penrose and his butler are driving the former’s bachelor party but end up at a feast of the macabre: held for Robert by the eerie Moloch and his brutish helper Styx.

The Ordeal of Dr. Cordell

Season/ Episode: 1/ 24
Director: Laslo Benedek
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

Basically the titular chemist just inhaled too much of the wrong stuff from his lab. He survives the exposure, others are less lucky. Since from now on he is driven to murder – by the sound of bells.

Trio of Terror

Season/ Episode: 1/ 25
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Wilkie Collins

Three stories for the running time of one: a murderer takes a fatal ride by train. A gambler nearly lies down to his final rest. A strangler hides among waxworks of killers who are a bit too lifelike.

Papa Benjamin

Season/ Episode: 1/ 26
Director: Ted Post
Writer: John Kneubuhl

To drum up some interest for his tiered musical compositions, band leader Eddie jazzes them up with stolen rhythms: of a voodoo cult who’s chagrined priest from then on calls the tune for terror.

Late Date

Season/ Episode: 1/ 27
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

Coming home one day and seeing his brother just murderer his cheating wife is no cause to lose his head for Larry. So why should his brother lose his to the police if they can frame the victim’s lover?

Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper

Season/ Episode: 1/ 28
Director: Ray Milland
Writer: Barré Lyndon

The Jack the Ripper was never caught, expert Sir Guy knows all too well. So according to Sir Guy the serial killer stalking the demimonde in present day New York might be no copy cat, after all.

The Devil’s Ticket

Season/ Episode: 1/ 29
Director: Jules Bricken
Writer: Robert Bloch

Talentless and penniless artist Hector Vane goes to a pawnshop to sell his best work. The owner has no need but offers him with wealth and fame for another: of a person who’s soul he will then get.

Parasite Mansion

Season/ Episode: 1/ 30
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

A late night accident on a lonely road isn’t the worst that happens to Marcia. As she comes to she finds herself the captive of a family who isn’t half as twisted as the old house’s supernatural boarder.

A Good Imagination

Season/ Episode: 1/ 31
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Robert Bloch

Bookish Frank Logan turns to Poe in search of some good advice as to how to murder the lover of one’s wife. As she starts suspecting dark doings, he has already moved on to Theodore Dreiser.

Mr. George

Season/ Episode: 1/ 32
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

Young Priscilla inherited a fortune but might not live to possess it, if her scheming cousins have their way. Thankfully, there is still her guardian Mr. George watching over her – despite his death.

The Terror in Teakwood

Season/ Episode: 1/ 33
Director: Paul Henreid
Writer: Alan Caillou

Maniac pianist Vladimir gloats over his arch rival’s death so much he desecrates the latter’s corpse. In his spite he becomes so fanatical as to write a sonata for him which might become his own dirge.

The Prisoner in the Mirror

Season/ Episode: 1/ 34
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Robert Arthur, Jr.

In a glass darkly Professor Langham sees a maiden, entrapped in the antique mirror which belonged to the infamous Count Cagliostro. Langham tries to free her – and the dark power the mirror holds.

Dark Legacy

Season/ Episode: 1/ 35
Director: John Brahm
Writer: John Tomerlin

Mario is a lackluster nightclub magician. That is, until the day he is left with the his uncle’s grimoire which enables him to conjure a demon. But soon the spirits that he’s cited, his commands ignore.

Pigeons from Hell

Season/ Episode: 1/ 36
Director: John Newland
Writer: John Kneubuhl

Two teenage brothers end up at a spooky old mansion and decide to stay the night. As one of them awakes later he finds the other dead. Things get creepier as the body goes after him with an axe.

The Grim Reaper

Season/ Episode: 1/ 37
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Robert Bloch

Mystery writer Beatrice Graves has a knack for the macabre as the painting of the Grim Reaper she buys. In vain her nephew warns her of the curse coming with the work that literally oozes blood.

What Beckoning Ghost?

Season/ Episode: 2/ 1
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

Pianist Mildred Beaumont suffers from a weak heart and since she is haunted by ghastly visions of her own funeral, also of mortal fear – which is orchestrated by her treacherous husband and sister.

Guillotine

Season/ Episode: 2/ 2
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Charles Beaumont

Among the many heads to roll in post-revolutionary France could be Robert Lamont’s. His only legal loophole to a pardon would be his executioner’s unlikely death – towards which Robert works.

The Premature Burial

Season/ Episode: 2/ 3
Director: Douglas Heyes
Writer: William D. Gordon

Edgar Allan Poe’s tale is the force behind the story of cataleptic millionaire Stapelton who takes all possible guards to escape the titular fate. Enough to thwart the homicidal ploys of his greedy wife?

The Weird Tailor

Season/ Episode: 2/ 4
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Robert Bloch

After loosing his son to an accident during a black mass, a scholar of dark arts employs a volume of Lovecraft’s De Vermin Mysteriis and a derelict seamster to tailor to his plan to have his son back.

God Grante That She Lye Stille

Season/ Episode: 2/ 5
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Robert Hardy Andrews

Three centuries after Elspeth Clewer is burnt at the stake, her curse over her family comes upon its youngest member Margaret. Just as she returns to her ancestor’s home starts the season of the witch.

Masquerade

Season/ Episode: 2/ 6
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

Surprised by a thunderstorm on their second honeymoon, writer Charlie and his wife seek shelter in a creaky motel. Its whacky owners keep one of them chained in the cellar: due to her ghoulish taste.

The Last of the Sommervilles

Season/ Episode: 2/ 7
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Ida Lupino

Ursula plans to do away with old Lady Sommerville to whom she is housemaid and distant relative. As a closer relative with similar intentions shows up the two get in each others murderous ways.

Letter to a Lover

Season/ Episode: 2/ 8
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

A psychiatrist is murdered at the hour of his appointment with mentally unstable Sylvia. However, she suspects her husband who was seen at the crime scene: by a nurse who now blackmails him.

A Third to Pinochle

Season/ Episode: 2/ 9
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Mark Hanna

Henpecked Mr. Thispin murders his wife but is spied out by two sisters next door. Towards his motifs they’re most understanding since they committed their own killing and could need a hand.

The Closed Cabinet

Season/ Episode: 2/ 10
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Jess Carneol

A curse demands that each generation of the Mervyns is stricken by a murder. When Evie visits her lover at his ancestral home, she has ghostly visitations. Will they give the clue to break the curse?

Dialogues with Death

Season/ Episode: 2/ 11
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Robert Arthur, Jr.

Communication with the dead seems so common that this episode comes up with two stories about it: of a chatty morgue attendant and a nephew returning to his wealthy aunt who insist he was dead.

The Return of Andrew Bentley

Season/ Episode: 2/ 12
Director: John Newland
Writer: Richard Matheson
Ellis visits his eccentric uncle who bequeathes him his fortune under the condition Ellis won’t leave the mansion and guard the corpse: against an evil wizard the uncle sent to hell once – but not for all.

The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk

Season/ Episode: 2/ 13
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

Jo Van Fleet gives a chilly turn as owner of a pig farm. While her animals prosper, her handyman tend to make off without being seen again. A similar fate awaits three hobos with wicked intentions.

Portrait Without a Face

Season/ Episode: 2/ 14
Director: John Newland
Writer: Jason Wingreen

Director Newland steps in front of the camera as an artist about to paint the angel of death. Murder wills it he meets the latter before starting the canvas that strangely fills itself: with the crime scene.

An Attractive Family

Season/ Episode: 2/ 15
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Robert Arthur, Jr.

Families that slay together, stay together. So the Farringtons murder each new in-law to enjoy the inheritance. That of their last victim could go to young Virginia if they don’t do off her in a hurry.

Waxworks

Season/ Episode: 2/ 16
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Robert Bloch

Wherever Pierre Jacqueline travels with his waxwork gallery of famous murderers, death follows. So does the French investigator who wonders if the crimes are those of historic killers or a copy cat.

La Strega

Season/ Episode: 2/ 17
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Alan Caillou

Ursula Andress is saved by young painter Tonio after nearly being downed by village folks as a witch. Tonio waives all superstition until meeting her malevolent granny who puts a curse on him.

The Storm

Season/ Episode: 2/ 18
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: William D. Gordon

Janet doesn’t know for what she should fear more: the safety of her husband out in a storm or her own, stuck at home with a dead body in the cellar and an uncanny figure slinking around the house?

A Wig for Miss Devore

Season/ Episode: 2/ 19
Director: John Brahm
Writer: August Derleth

Aging actress Sheila prepares for her screen comeback in the role of a historic witch by donning her actual wig. That comes with a hair-rising curse that gives Sheila killer looks – and a killer instinct.

The Hollow Watcher

Season/ Episode: 2/ 20
Director: William F. Claxton
Writer: Jay Simms

To get her hands on her husband’s fortune, Meg kills his father and hides the body in a scarecrow. The strawman’s uncanny demeanor makes the Irish countryside they live in far from picturesque.

Cousin Tundifer

Season/ Episode: 2/ 21
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Boris Sobelman

Uncle Tundifer is as rich as he is eccentric which results in his spleen of renovation old houses. His latest purchase comes with a time-travel gate that seems perfect for cousin Tundifer’s murder plot.

The Incredible Dr. Markesan

Season/ Episode: 2/ 22
Director: Robert Florey
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

In hope of free lodging, newlywed Fred and Molly visit his sinister uncle, played by Karloff. He relents but goes so far as locking them in their rooms at night – to their own safety, as they find out.

Flowers of Evil

Season/ Episode: 2/ 23
Director: John Brahm
Writer: Barré Lyndon

After killing her first husband, Madalena and her lover got rid of the body by selling the skeleton to a medical school. Too bad it keeps coming back to them, adding dark humor to a screaming tale.

Til Death Do Us Part

Season/ Episode: 2/ 24
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Robert Bloch

Undertaker Somers is used to put people to bed with a pick-ax and shovel. As quickly as he kills his first wife he plans the death of the next. Will the local doctor with a knack for poison help him out?

The Bride Who Died Twice

Season/ Episode: 2/ 25
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Robert Hardy Andrews

A brutal Colonel forces a general to grant him his daughter’s hand. She’d do it only over her dead body which he is left with after the ceremony. The Colonel feels cheated by death – and her father.

Kill My Love

Season/ Episode: 2/ 26
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Donald S. Sanford

Guy has an occasional itch for murder and sucks at hiding it. As his lover discovers he killed his, he offs her, too. Then his son finds out about the lover. Big problem for Guy who actually likes the kid.

Man of Mystery

Season/ Episode: 2/ 27
Director: John Newland
Writer: Robert Bloch

All who know about reclusive millionaire Mr. Stone die a sudden death. That might also wait for singer Sherry whom Stone treats to dinner – who’s chosen guests show his dislike for chatty people.

The Innocent Bystanders

Season/ Episode: 2/ 28
Director: John English
Writer: Robert Hardy Andrews

Burke and Hare stand models for a pair of Victorian bodysnatchers resorting to murder to satisfy a callous doctor’s demand for corpses. The sister-in-law of one might make an especially pretty one.

The Lethal Ladies

Season/ Episode: 2/ 29
Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Boris Sobelman

Twice the thrills thanks to two tales: A timid husband plots for his rock climbing wife to break more than a leg. A devoted librarian won’t be shelved by the arrogant co-worker who took her promotion.

The Specialists

Season/ Episode: 2/ 30
Director: Ted Post
Writer: John Kneubuhl

What was originally produced as a pilot for a crime series makes a sadly weak conclusion, showing off the titular police force, here battling a crime rack. Never mind we’ll never see their other deeds.