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The Life Work of Juan Diaz 

A dishonest graveyard owner exhumes body of a poor Mexican woman's husband, but she makes it work to her children's benefit.


Norman Lloyd


Ray Bradbury (story and teleplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Alejandro Rey ... Juan Diaz
Frank Silvera ... Alejandro
Pina Pellicer ... Maria Diaz
Valentin de Vargas ... Ricardo, Chief of Police (as Valentin De Vargas)
Larry Domasin Larry Domasin ... Jorge Diaz
Alex Montoya Alex Montoya ... Ignacia, The Coffin Maker
Hinton Pope Hinton Pope ... The Man
Audrey Swanson Audrey Swanson ... 2nd Woman
Gale Lindsey Gale Lindsey ... The 1st Woman
Mark Miranda ... 1st Boy
Suzanne Barnes Suzanne Barnes ... The 3rd Woman
Concepcion Sandoval Concepcion Sandoval ... The 1st Child
Yolanda Alonzo Yolanda Alonzo ... The 2nd Child
Vincent Arias Vincent Arias ... 2nd Boy


Young Juan Diaz gives cemetery caretaker Alejandro 40 pesos to rent a burial plot. He soon falls fatally ill, and warns his wife, Maria, to not let Alejandro cheat her out of the two-year lease for which he paid. One year later, Alejandro asks Maria for more money, or he will disinter Juan's mummy and place it in the catacomb. Maria and her son Jorge sneak into the catacomb, and frighten Alejandro as they walk Juan's mummy out of the cemetery. Alejandro asks Ricardo, the Chief of Police and Maria's brother-in-law, to confiscate Juan's mummy from the Diaz home, but Ricardo refuses. Maria puts Juan's mummy on display as a tourist attraction. Written by Lewis Amack

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26 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The sign outside the Diaz home reads: "The Juan Diaz Museum See the Mummy 10 Centavos" See more »

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VERY creepy episode and the three principal actors died untimely deaths
3 January 2012 | by ezfindersSee all my reviews

Creepiest episode of the series.

Script by Ray Bradbury but it is rather ghoulish.

Death and dying

Exhumations and mummies and all in front of the children!

Even worse is what happened to the three major characters in real life:

Frank Silvera, who played Alejandro,the crypt keeper, was accidentally electrocuted repairing his garbage disposal at age 55

Alejandro Rey, who played Juan Diaz, died of lung cancer at age 57

Pina Pellicer, who was Maria Diaz, died tragically of a suicide at age 30

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