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Thriller: Trio for Terror

Three separate tales: 1. A man murders his uncle for the inheritance but the uncle won't stay dead. 2. A man wins a fortune at the gambling tables but might not live to enjoy his winnings. 3. A serial murderer meets an odd fate.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x25
Production Number: 14134
Airdate: Tuesday March 14th, 1961

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Guest Stars
Reginald Owen
As The Hussar ("A Terribly Strange Bed")
John Abbott (1)
As Kriss Milo ("The Mask of Medusa")
Robin Hughes
As Collins ("A Terribly Strange Bed")
Michael Pate
As The Leighton Strangler ("The Mask of Medusa")
Richard Lupino
As Simon ("The Extra Passenger")

Co-Guest Stars
Terence de Marney
As Uncle Julian ("The Extra Passenger")
Peter Brocco
As Majordomo ("A Terribly Strange Bed")
Richard Peel
As Inspector ("The Mask of Medusa")
Nelson Welch
As Doctor ("The Extra Passenger")
Noel Drayton
As Superintendant ("The Mask of Medusa")
Richard Flato
As Croupier ("A Terribly Strange Bed")
Jacqueline Squire
As Old Woman ("A Terribly Strange Bed")
Iris Bristol
As Katie ("The Extra Passenger")
Francis Bethencourt
As Ashton ("A Terribly Strange Bed")
Gilchrist Stuart
As Conductor ("The Extra Passenger", as Gil Stuart)
George Pelling
As Reporter ("The Mask of Medusa")
Main Cast


The Extra Passenger..

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Episode Notes
Story 1 is based on the short story "The Extra Passenger" by August Derleth writing under the pseudonym "Stephen Grendon". "The Extra Passenger" was first published in Weird Tales (January 1947).

Story 2 is based on the short story "A Terribly Strange Bed" by Wilkie Collins. This story was first published in Household Words (April 24 1852).

Story 3 is based on the short story "The Mask of Medusa" by Nelson Bond. This story was first published in Bluebook (December 1945).

Episode Quotes
Host: This is an English pub. Just the place for a little something to warm the cockles of your heart... while I chill your blood. They give you a mild claret, guaranteed to fortify you against, heh, well, against anything. If the people's clothes seem strange, well, it's because we're in 1905, when the dollar was still a dollar and a British pound was a beautiful gold coin. We're going to see three forces of evil. Three stories, each a masterpiece of strangeness and terror. In this room is a young man who is on his way to commit a murder.

Host: She wants money, he wants her. Well, to satisfy both these desires, young people, someone will have to die. Drink your claret. You're going to need it. You are about to meet the extra passenger in one of the eeriest tales ever told.

Host: You'll take another glass of this claret, of course. It'll brace you for a different force of evil. All the night birds show up sooner or later at a pub like this. Musicians between shows. Detectives looking for someone. Peers of the realm, reporters, actors, men about town. Flotsam of a great city. And people in trouble or looking for trouble.

Host: I sometimes think--perhaps you do, too--how outrageous it would have seemed to anyone a hundred years ago, if they had been told that some day men would be doing exactly what you're doing now. Listening to a voice, watching a picture plucked as if, uh, out of the air. We've learned a lot in the last hundred years. But how much do you suppose has been forgotten in the past five thousand? You know how scientists scoff at folklore and ancient beliefs. But every now and then they amaze themselves with a discovery that our remote ancestors were right after all. Our third tale of terror contains the echo of an ancient fable that may not be a fable at all. It begins with a manhunt, a search for a murderer. A strangler, if you will.

Cultural References
Collins: Forward the Light Brigade.

Collins and the Hussar quote from the 1854 war poem The Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Arthur Tennison.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerWilliam Frye
MusicMorton Stevens
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorWilliam L. Stevens  |  John McCarthy, Jr.
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon
Art DirectorRussell Kimball
GraphicsJerome Gould (1)
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorRichard Belding
SoundVernon W. Kramer
Assistant DirectorBen Bishop (3)
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Warning: Thriller season 1 episode 25 guide may contain spoilers
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