The Last of the Sommervilles

Written by Ida Lupino and Richard Lupino
Directed by Ida Lupino
Starring Boris Karloff, Phyllis Thaxter, Martita Hunt, and Peter Walker
Originally aired on November 6, 1961

After a fifteen-year absence, a man returns to his ancestral estate with hopes of squeezing a little money from his wealthy aunt.

An unusually hammy but droll performance from the show's host, Boris Karloff, highlights this episode. Also noteworthy is the directing style of Ida Lupino. One of the few female directors working in Hollywood during the early days of television, Lupino's ample body of work includes not only several episodes of Thriller but also episodes of genre classics such as The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Bewitched.

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