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Friday, September 28, 2012

Thriller: The Weird Tailor (1961)

Season 2, Episode 4

The Weird Taylor is an inventive story that is fresh and original.  Without giving too much of the plot away, the story revolves around a father whose son died.  He is trying to bring him back to life through the use of the dark arts with the help of a tailor who is making a suit for him from an unusual cloth.  

George Macready [The Return of Count Yorga, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.] is a commanding presence as the father.  This is a great role for him and he really shines.  Henry Jones [Vertigo, Arachnophobia] is also excellent as the tailor and is the perfect counterpoint for Macready's character.  

The only weakness in the cast is the mime, Nicolai, played by Abraham Sofaer.  Instead of an actor, they should have used a professional mime because he simply couldn't stand perfectly still as he played a dress dummy.  The constant warbles in his body were distracting to say the least.

However, this does not stop The Weird Taylor from being an excellent episode of Thriller.  The story is interesting, the direction by Herschel Daugherty [Alfred Hitchcock Presents] is spot on.  You can't ask for much more than that...except the death of all mimes!  [Just kidding!]

RATING: Excellent

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

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