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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thriller: The Premature Burial (1961)

Season 2, Episode 3

A total home run.  The Premature Burial is based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story of the same name.  This time Boris Karloff is not only the host but also plays a character in it!  Veteran TV director Douglas Heyes and Screenwriter William D. Gordon bring Poe's work to life with great energy, wit and emotional depth.  There is not a dull moment to be found from start to finish.

The cast is stellar as well. Sidney Blackmer takes center stage as an aging millionaire who, unfortunately, has a habit of falling into a catatonic state that resembles death.  Patricia Media is deliciously dramatic as Victorine who would rather be with her young lover and tries to make sure her husband stays buried, dead or otherwise!  Karloff stars as Dr. Thorne, a friend of the millionaire who is determined to keep his millionaire friend alive.

A classic story with first rate acting.  One of the highlights of Season Two.

RATING: Excellent

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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