The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Season 3 Episode 21

The Photographer and the Undertaker

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 15, 1965 on CBS
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The Photographer and the Undertaker
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Arthur Mannix is a photographer and Hiram Price is an undertaker. Both hide behind their respective professions to conceal another profession: hired killer. Each man has the same boss who gives each an order to eliminate the other.

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  • Arthut Mannix is a hired killer assigned to murder another killer Hiram Price. When Arthur discovers the company is trying to put this as a contest he shows that he shouldn't be taken lightly.moreless

    8.1
    Very morbid episode and yet fascinating at the same time. This episode while initially starting out as a standard story turns out to be a shot at companies in America.



    The name of the killer's corporation is never given. They are just none as the "company". Arthur's contact is only known as "Rudolph", and Hiram's contact is only known as "Ernest". When the two find out what's going on they are disgusted with the company and yet still do the task. It's a funny episode with hints about underground corporations and how like real companies they can lie, cheat and manipulate their best assets. The question about loyalty comes out between the killers, and we know that loyalty in today's company doesn't mean much.



    I think this made the episode a bit more interesting. Arthur completes his task and then sets his sights on finding "Ernest" while carrying his wishes of marrying a beautiful girl named Silvia who has no idea he's a killer.



    In a way this episode could fall under guilty pleasure but there are commentaries there that make just another episode about murder.moreless
Harry Townes

Harry Townes

Hiram Price

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Alfred Ryder

Alfred Ryder

Rudolph

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Jocelyn Lane

Jocelyn Lane

Sylvia Sylvester

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    • Host: This is the end of the first half. Please change sides. Before we begin the second half, your local coach wishes to give you a pep talk. (cut to commercial)

    • Host: Who says this program doesn't have heart? Arthur and Sylvia lived happily ever after. She in San Diego, and he in San Quentin. One of California's finest prisons. There his roommate turned out to be Mr. Rudolph. It was rather sad to see Arthur's career cut short. By the time he was apprehended, he was only one heartbeat away from a vice presidency. A further note about football. a gunshot usually signals the end of the game. Which is where we are. (shoots) Oh dear, we shall have to get a new referee next time. Good night.

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