Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 3 Episode 10

The Diplomatic Corpse

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Dec 08, 1957 on CBS
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The Diplomatic Corpse
A young couple tries to smuggle a corpse out of Mexico.

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  • Evan and Janet's Mexican holiday is ruined by the presence of Janet's unbearable aunt, and when she dies unexpectedly, things only get worse...

    Although one may, in these days of political correctness, murmur mildly about the caricatures of Mexican life - Hungarian-born Peter Lorre makes an unlikely Hispanic - this is a rather likeable and funny episode, and Lorre is certainly a droll scene-stealer as an unscrupulous private eye. The plot was devised by Alec Coppel, the Australian writer who shares script credit on Hitchcock's "Vertigo", and it bears some passing resemblance to that of his hit play of the same period, "The Gazebo" - the disposal of an inconvenient corpse being common to both pieces. George Peppard has an early leading role as the much-put-upon husband - he would become a more aggressive personality once stardom arrived.moreless
Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

Tomas Salgado

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George Peppard

George Peppard

Evan Wallace

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Mary Scott

Mary Scott

Janet Wallace

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    • [Closing Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (sitting under sombrero opposite mirror image of himself) Oh, well. What can you expect from people who go out in the noonday sun? This, of course, was not the end of our travel log. The Wallaces eventually recovered Mrs. Tait's body, but this only led to another dilemma: Mrs. Tait had always scorned the beauty of burial in southern California, nor could they afford to ship her back to England. So, they did the next best thing - they had her buried at sea. (puts sombrero back on his head) By the way, you probably think I'm Alfred Hitchcock. (Points to man sitting opposite him) He's Alfred, I'm Omega. Good night.

    • [Opening Narration]
      Alfred Hitchcock: (snoring under a sombrero opposite another man looking identical to him, giving off the appearances of bookends) Good evening, Senors and Senoras, and members of our little book of the week club. Originally I was to play a different role, but I proved to be a rather bulky bookmark. Tonight's little volume takes us to exotic nearby Mexico, home of the tortilla, the bullfight, and the forty-hour coffee break. It is called "The Diplomatic Corpse." (opens what turns out to be a giant book he was leaning on) Allow me.

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