Season 1 Episode 31

A Good Imagination

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 02, 1961 on NBC
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A Good Imagination
A book dealer turns to murder over his adulterous wife - taking his methods for killing from classic literature.

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  • That was Thriller's greatest episode---to me. It was perfectly done. If anyone can access of copy of this episode---please let me know!!

    A well done episode----an Edgar Allan Poe fall-back!! It is poetic justice---and the acting is superb! It should definitely get a "10" rating!! Edward Andrews in perfect in his role as the jealous husband. And when the handyman does this one last project----little does he know what lays in store for his "ladyfriend"---Andrew's wife. A must see for all Thriller fans!
Edward Andrews

Edward Andrews

Frank Logan

Guest Star

Patricia Barry

Patricia Barry

Louise Logan

Guest Star

Ed Nelson

Ed Nelson

George Parker

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Boris Karloff: Crime and Punishment. That in a nutshell is our story for tonight. Except that instead of a neurotic student, and his nemesis, our play is about a beautiful wife with an intemperate taste in men. And her discerning husband, whose reservation will stop at nothing, not even murder. This good man, however, is not an ordinary killer. He has flair, imagination. A good imagination. That's the name of our play. Our players are Patricia Barry, Ed Nelson, and Edward Andrews as the injured bookworm. Join us now as we watch this bookworm turn... to murder.

    • Frank: Randy Hagen. Do I know him, dear?
      Louise: But of course. We met him months ago at Edna's party, don't you remember.
      Frank: Oh yes, yes. Uh... good-looking young man with a mustache. Sort of minor-league D'Artagnan.
      Louise: Who?
      Frank: D'Artagnan. That's a character in The Three Musketeers. I don't suppose you've read it, though.
      Louise: No.

    • (Frank talking about a hole in the basement, with his wife's lover)
      George: Keep the mice out, eh?
      Frank: And the rats.
      George: Oh, there's no rats around here, Mr. Logan.
      Frank: Ah, you're wrong there, George. There are rats everywhere. Oh dear, they--they'll sneak in when you're not looking. First thing you know, they'll ruin a man's home for him. And they're cunning, too, George. They try to cover up their tracks. But a smart man knows when they're around, and... he gets rid of them.

    • Frank: George, every time I look at this gun, I think of a thousand stories. One for every bullet it's ever fired. Oops. Stories of violence and danger, guilt and justice. But I'm talking too much.

    • Louise: Did George say anything else?
      Frank: No. What else was there to say?
      Louise: Well, where did he ever get the idea that you would try to kill me?
      Frank: I haven't got the slightest idea. Just snapped, I guess. Imagination run away with him. Well, I'm just glad it didn't happen while he was up here with you. Can't tell what he might have done. Now, this might sound far-fetched to you, darling, but do you realize he actually might have tried to make love to you? Ick. Imagine being kissed by a fella like that.

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    • Frank: D'Artagnan. That's a character in The Three Musketeers.

      Frank references the 1844 serialized novel by Alexandre Dumas. D'Artagnan is the primary character of the novel and its sequels, Twenty Years After and The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. D'Artagnan travels from Gascon to France to seek service in the King's Musketeers, and meets the three heroes: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. He eventually succeeds in his goal after much intrigue and becomes a Musketeer.

    • Frank: We're like Jean Valjean and Javert. I'm the hunted, he's the hunter.

      Frank is referencing Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. In the story, set in early 19th century France, Inspector Javert is the official who unswervingly pursues Jean Valjean, a man sent to prison for stealing a loaf of bread. Javert refuses to accept that Valjean is anything other than a ruthless criminal until the very end, when Valjean saves his life. The inspector commits suicide rather than accept that a moral man can commit criminal acts or vice versa.