Thriller (1960–1962)
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Dialogues with Death 

Two tales of terror centering on communicating with the dead. In the first, an elderly morgue attendant can speak to the cadavers in his charge and he learns the identity of the gunman who ... See full summary »


Herschel Daugherty


Robert Arthur (adaptation), Robert Arthur (stories)


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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Self / Pop Jenkins / Col. Jackson Beauregard Finchess
Norma Crane ... Nell Le Jean ('Welcome Home')
Ed Nelson ... Tom Ellison / Daniel Le Jean
Estelle Winwood ... Aunt Emily Finchess ('Welcome Home')
William Schallert ... Prof. John MacFarland ('Friend of the Dead')
George Kane George Kane ... Harry Jervis ('Friend of the Dead')
Jimmy Joyce Jimmy Joyce ... Burt ('Friend of the Dead')


Two tales of terror centering on communicating with the dead. In the first, an elderly morgue attendant can speak to the cadavers in his charge and he learns the identity of the gunman who killed a noted racketeer. In the second story, a greedy nephew returns to his family home in the Lousiana bayou to claim his inheritance but why does his dotty old aunt insist that he is dead? Written by P. Silvestro

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In the second story, there is mention of poison in the elderberry wine. This is the central plot device in the play "Arsenic and Old Lace", which famously starred Boris Karloff on Broadway. See more »


Karloff is obviously faking the fingering when he plays the organ in "Welcome Home". See more »

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Karloff stars in two separate stories(no. 48)
25 May 2009 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

After 25 "Trio of Terror," and before 66 "The Lethal Ladies," this would be the second of three multi-story episodes, with your host Boris Karloff starring in both, as does the busy Ed Nelson, previously seen in 11 "The Fatal Impulse," 15 "The Cheaters," and 31 "A Good Imagination." In "Friend of the Dead," Karloff plays morgue attendant Pop Jenkins, who carries on conversations with his deceased charges, in a sense providing comfort for those in the after-life. Reporter Tom Ellison (Nelson) sees a big story when a recent murder victim reveals the identity of his killer, and foolishly goes to confront the suspect, to his everlasting regret, intriguing premise with a predictable conclusion. In "Welcome Home," Nelson plays Daniel Le Jean, a murderer on the run, who figures he can hide from the authorities at the decaying Southern plantation owned by his uncle, Colonel Jackson Beauregard Finchess (Karloff), who lives there alone with his sister Emily (Estelle Winwood). Daniel and his wife Nell (Norma Crane) also returned for another reason: the money his late father left behind. The Colonel states that Daniel's father suffered from catalepsy, installing a telephone in the family crypt in case he was buried alive. Believing that both his nephew and wife were reported dead, the Colonel also made certain to bury Daniel's coffin as well down in the vault (another shock ending, but an improvement on the first). Pop Jenkins remains a sympathetic character, while the Colonel offers Karloff a chance to do some scenery chewing. Estelle Winwood works with Boris Karloff nearly 40 years after starring on Broadway with Bela Lugosi in 1922's "The Red Poppy" (she died in 1984 at the age of 101). While hosting all 67 episodes, Boris would appear as a featured actor in just five: 10 "The Prediction," 40 "The Premature Burial," 44 "The Last of the Sommervilles," 48 and 59 "The Incredible Doktor Markesan," the last being notable as the very last horror role the actor would essay on television. One of Ed Nelson's later villains came opposite Olivia de Havilland in the 1971 TV movie "The Screaming Woman," for which the actor himself provided his own comment on IMDb.

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4 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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