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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thriller: The Closed Cabinet (1961)

Season 2, Episode 10

The Closed Cabinet has enough atmosphere to power three episodes of Thriller.  The story starts in the Dark ages where Beatrice Mervyn murders her husband and then kills herself.  Her husband’s mother invokes a curse along with a riddle.  Anyone who can solve the riddle ends the curse. 

Three hundred years later we find ourselves in the 1800’s, after a brilliant introduction to the story by Boris Karloff.  In every generation, someone has died tragically and mysteriously since the curse was invoked.  Will this be the generation that ends the curse?  Stay tuned for an exciting episode of Thriller.

The Closed Cabinet benefits from an excellent script and spot on direction from Ida Lupino, an actress with a lengthy career who also found herself sitting in the director’s chair for numerous television shows.  Everything she does in this episode is subtle and never overplayed.  The cast responds well in her hands and gives great performances.

In addition to a great set and simple but effective lighting effects, the musical score for this episode by the one and only Jerry Goldsmith [Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Waltons] is perfection and greatly adds to the mood of the story.  You really can’t go wrong with this episode of Thriller!

RATING: Excellent.

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

2 comments:

  1. Where can I watch this episode. No longer on youtube.

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  2. For a while they were streaming them on Netflix but I think you can still rent hard copies of the series through them.

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