Way Out (1961)

Season 1 Episode 9

Death Wish

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Aired Friday 9:30 PM Jun 09, 1961 on CBS
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Death Wish
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This episode starts out with the Narrator saying, "Most men want to kill their wives." (did I mention "Way Out" is a misogynistic series?) And we meet yet another married couple that can't stand each other: George and Hazel Atterbury. They attend a funeral for one of George's coworkers. That night, TV-addict Hazel is talking to her hubby, telling him all about her favorite TV shows, for example, "The one where they're all gangsters, except the hero... it's very authentic, it's based on official files." (sounds like "The Untouchables".) George goes for a walk instead. George walks to the Petard mortuary that handled the funeral. George decides to kill his wife. Just as we hear his thoughts-- "What do you do with the body?"-- Mr. Petard puts a sign in the window: "Let us dispose of the body." Inside, George talks to Mr. Petard, who is an eloquent elderly gentleman who has a giant, bald-headed assistant named Charon* (think: Tor Johnson). When George finds out they killed Mrs. Harrison (who didn't get along with her husband) and they will dispose of her body, George thinks he's got it made. But then he finds out, it was Mrs. Harrison who wanted her husband dead! So Mr. Petard doesn't carry out the wishes of those who want a spouse killed-- instead Mr. Petard murders those who have the evil intentions of killing their spouse. Mr. Petard gives George some poisoned wine; later, he gives George a top-notch funeral. *[Charon, pronounced "KEY-ron," in Greek mythology, is the ferryman of the dead-- he who conveyed the dead to Hades over the river Styx.] ["Way Out" certainly presents marriages in a bad light; it is the opposite of family-oriented TV shows of the 1950s and 1960s, like "I Love Lucy" and "Father Knows Best" and "Leave It to Beaver".] [this episode was directed by Boris Sagal, of "T.H.E. Cat" fame.]moreless

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Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae

Hazel Atterbury

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Don Keefer

Don Keefer

George Atterbury

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Heywood Hale Broun

Heywood Hale Broun

Mr. Petard

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