The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Season 3 Episode 15

Thanatos Place Hotel

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 01, 1965 on CBS
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Thanatos Place Hotel
Having ineffectively attempted suicide, Robert Manners, checks in at the Thanatos Palace Hotel, which caters solely to people who desire to die.

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  • Norman Manners is a man looking to kill himself with the aid of the Thanatos Palace Hotel and a young sexy woman named Ariane Shaw (Angie Dickinson)

    Decent episode although I found to be dragging at times. A man wants to kill himself and since he doesn't succeed the first time allows himself to be a resort where suicide killing is the main objective.

    I agree that this episode is very intriguing. The taboo subject of suicide nowadays isn't anything new but back in the 60's this would have been very controversial.

    For the most part it's done well looking at the subject from both sides. Manners doesn't want to live anymore. However, when he meets sexy young Ariane Shaw he starts to develop feelings for her. This is where things get predictable. As Manners agreement with the resort, he must die. When the time comes, however, everyone gets cold feet.

    The ending was sad but expected. I think they might have done it differently. This is an interesting episode to check out.moreless
  • With its science-fiction premise, this episode would have been more appropriate for The Twilight Zone series. At the same time, though, its macabreness makes it appropriate for Hitchcock. And an exceptional story at that.moreless

    With its science-fictional premise, this episode would have been more appropriate for The Twilight Zone series. At the same time, though, its macabreness makes its appropriate for Hitchcock. And an exceptional story at that.

    What makes it exceptional is that it also ventures a social commentary on a somewhat taboo subject, that of Assisted-Suicide, controversial Euthanasia. Many years after this episode was aired, the controversy of Euthansia would get Real-life national attention by way of Doctor Jack Kevorkian. People with agonizing terminal illnesses would go to Dr. Kevorkian to request a peaceful and painless death which the Doctor would provide with his Suicide-Machine. This stirred a flurry of controversy on the subject of Assisted-Suicide.

    In the Hitchcock episode, we see that the Main-Character is a failure at even his own suicide, which is why he seeks the services of the Thanatos Palace Hotel. Even in Real life, we see instances of people whose Suicide-attempts BACKFIRE, so that their botched attempt leaves them in an even WORSE state than before. For example, a self-inflicted gunshot to the head can result in the person still surviving but now with severe brain damage so that his whole body has become paralyzed. Even an overdose of sleeping pills can cause severe damage with its poisonous effect. This is why the idea of Hitchcock's Thanatos Hotel seems so attractive and even humanitarian. For myself, being at the age that I am, I worry about agonizing illnesses, so I often wish that Hitchcock's Thanatos Hotel could be a reality. Macabre as it is, the idea is actually humanitarian.moreless

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