It should be noted that many of actors and actresses that helped make classic films during the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's were in high demand during the early years of television. The anthology series was a popular genre in the 1950's and 1960's. These type of shows offered excellent opportunities for actors and actresses to be the star of an episode rather than a supporting player. Thriller was one of the best in my opinion. Thriller was hosted by Boris Karloff and ran on NBC from 1960 to 1962. The stories featured were suspense, mystery, and/or supernatural in nature. The fifth episode of the series was entitled Rose's Last Summer starring Mary Astor.
Last year, David and I purchased the complete Thriller series on DVD. I really enjoyed many episodes. One that stood out for me was Rose's Last Summer starring Mary Astor. I've loved Mary Astor as long as I can remember. She was a pivotal player in so many great films starting in the 1920's. I have always admired her ability to successfully transition from the silent era to the sound era as well as from leading lady to character actress. Maybe that's why I love this episode. Mary gets to play a former film star named Rose French.
|Boris Karloff introduces Miss Mary Astor as the star of the episode.|
|Rose French being thrown out of the bar.|
|Rose celebrating her new job with Frank Clyde.|
|Haley Dalloway and Frank Clyde investigate Rose's death|
|Boris Karloff introduces "Helen Quintal" as Mrs. Goodfield at the start of the episode. In the closing credits, the name changes to Mary Astor.|