Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Hungry Glass 

A married couple moves into a house that is haunted by images reflected in glass and mirrors.


Douglas Heyes


Robert Bloch (story), Douglas Heyes (adaptation)


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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Self
William Shatner ... Gil Thrasher
Joanna Heyes Joanna Heyes ... Marcia Thrasher
Russell Johnson ... Adam Talmadge
Elizabeth Allen ... Liz Talmadge
Clem Bevans ... Obed
Pitt Herbert ... Mr. Cabot
Donna Douglas ... Laura Bellman
Duane Grey ... Nephew
Ottola Nesmith ... Old Laura Bellman


A married couple moves into a house that is haunted by images reflected in glass and mirrors.

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[first lines]
[a man who has a hook for a hand knocks loudly on the door, then turns to the doctor]
Nephew: I know she's in there, Doctor. She's always in there! With her cursed mirrors.
Old Laura Bellman: Go away! Oh, go away! Leave me alone, can't you? Leave me alone... with my mirrors.
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A Great, Creepy "Thriller"
2 July 2011 | by m2mallorySee all my reviews

"The Hungry Glass" is a good example of just how creepy and intense the "Thriller" program from the early 1960s could be. It is a fairly standard haunted house story, but is presented with suspense and even a little wit. Of particular interest to old TV buffs is the fact that the episode features three 1960s television icons in one episode: William Shatner, Russell Johnson and Donna Douglas. Shatner's role as a young married photographer who moves into a "dream house" is practically a dry run for his turn a few years later in the classic "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode of "The Twilight Zone," in that his character has had mental breakdown issues in the past, so he does not know if he is really seeing the apparitions or imagining them. Johnson's character, meanwhile, is the rational anchor to the goings-on...again, not unlike his function as the Professor on "Gilligan's Island." As for Douglas, she's just there for eye-candy. She should, however, had played the role of Shatner's wife, since the single biggest problem with this episode is the performance of the actress who did, Joanna Heyes. Heyes is incredibly shrill, clumsy, and amateurish, and the frequent references to her beauty is...well...kind. How, then, did she get the lead? Could the fact that this actress only appeared in TV episodes directed by one Douglas Heyes have something to do with it? If you can get past her, this is an outstanding episode.

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3 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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