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Thriller: The Cheaters

A pair of unusual glasses allows its wearer to see the absolute truth about whatever they look at.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 14124
Airdate: Tuesday December 27th, 1960

Director: John Brahm
Story: Robert Bloch
Teleplay: Donald S. Sanford

Guest Stars
Harry TownesHarry Townes
As Sebastian Grimm
Jack WestonJack Weston
As Edward Dean
Paul NewlanPaul Newlan
As Joe Henshaw
Mildred DunnockMildred Dunnock
As Miriam Olcott

Co-Guest Stars
Linda WatkinsLinda Watkins
As Maggie Henshaw
Dayton LummisDayton Lummis
As Clarence
Mollie GlessingMollie Glessing
As Mrs. Ames
Henry DaniellHenry Daniell
As Dirk Van Prinn
Joan TompkinsJoan Tompkins
As Ellen Grimm
Ralph ClantonRalph Clanton
As Torgenson
Ed NelsonEd Nelson
As Charlie
Audrey SwansonAudrey Swanson
As Salesgirl
Alan CarneyAlan Carney
As Burgin
Grandon RhodesGrandon Rhodes
As Judge Pfluger
John MitchumJohn Mitchum
As Policeman
Main Cast


Centuries ago, Dirk Van Prinn is rumored to be a sorcerer and worse. At his isolated home, Van Prinn is working on a formula for a special form of glass when his when his landlady, Mrs. Ames, knocks on the door and tells him that the silversmith has left a package for him. Van Prinn tells her to leave it outside the door and go, and then goes to the door to get the package. Mrs. Ames tries to get a glimpse inside but he sends her away...

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Episode Notes
Guest star Henry Daniell co-starred with series host Boris Karloff in the classic 1945 horror film The Body Snatchers.

First published in Weird Tales (November 1947).

Episode Quotes
Host: When a man shuts himself off from his neighbors, when he conducts mysterious experiments behind locked doors, there's bound to be talk. There were those who whispered old Dirk Van Primm was a sorcerer and worse. He might not have been remembered at all had not his research lead him to the discovery of a most unusual formula for making glass.

Host: Dirk Van Primm hanged himself before dawn. His story might have ended there if he'd have the courage to smash those spectacles. But like many another scientist, he couldn't bear to destroy his own creation. Too bad, because years later, others tried them on. In "The Cheaters," our story for tonight, a junk man named Joe Henshaw, played by Mr. Paul Newlan. A little old-fashioned lady named Miriam Olcott, played by Miss Mildred Dunnock. A nephew, Edward Dean, played by Mr. Jack Weston. And finally, a man who discovered the real purpose of the spectacles, Sebastian Grimm, played by Mr. Harry Townes. What they saw through those yellow-gold lenses, they never forgot. And neither will you, my friend, because as sure as my name's Boris Karloff, this is a thriller.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerWilliam Frye
MusicJerry Goldsmith
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  George Milo
Director of PhotographyJohn L. Russell
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
GraphicsJerome Gould (1)
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorDanny B. Landres
SoundEarl Crain, Sr.
Assistant DirectorEdward K. Dodds
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
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