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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thriller: A Third For Pinochle (1961)

Season 2, Episode 9

Edward Andrews [Gremlins and a long career in TV] is a delight as Maynard, a submissive husband with murder on his mind.  This episode of Thriller strikes a perfect balance between horror and humor. The ensemble cast works perfectly together and takes the audience on a fun and spirited ride.  Kudos to director Herschel Daugherty [Alfred Hitchcock Presents and a number of other Thriller episodes] for keeping the mood light and mischievous.  He takes full advantage of a clever script and hits this episode totally out of the ballpark.

Sometimes horror just needs to be fun and A Third For Pinochle serves as a great example of why the Thriller TV Series is one of my all-time favorites.  Boris Karloff puts the icing on the cake with his playful and slightly macabre introduction and summary of the episode.  Most people know him for his horror roles but this proves he also had a wicked sense of humor as well.

RATING: Excellent.

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

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