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The Photographer and the Undertaker 

Two professional killers with the same employer find out that each has the other as his next target.


Alex March


Alfred Hayes (teleplay), James Holding (story)




Episode credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Jack Cassidy ... Arthur Mannix
Harry Townes ... Hiram Price
Alfred Ryder ... Attorney Arthur Rudolph
Jocelyn Lane ... Sylvia Sylvester
Philip Bourneuf ... Ernest Sylvester
Jack Bernardi Jack Bernardi ... Deli Man
Joan Swift Joan Swift ... Miss Whiting
Richard Jury Richard Jury ... Willis
Clegg Hoyt Clegg Hoyt ... Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chick Hearn Chick Hearn ... Baseball announcer (voice)


Two professional killers with the same employer find out that each has the other as his next target.

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Release Date:

15 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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When the Photographer meets his fiancée's father, he sits down on the couch. In one shot, he has his arms crossed before his chest in the next one he rests his arm on the couch. See more »

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Moving Up in the Criminal Organization
23 October 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Nifty premise—two hit men are assigned by the same employer outfit to kill each other, the survivor getting to move up in the criminal organization. It's also done to improve business "efficiency" by cutting unneeded employees. Then too, I get the feeling screenwriter Hayes is having fun showing how principles from legitimate business carry over to criminal enterprise. Looks like there's padding in some of the talk scenes extending beyond the narrative point. The on-screen ending is unusually uncompromised; that is, until Hitch comes to the scale balancing rescue.

In the pivotal role, Cassidy is cast against type. He's really best in comedy roles where his natural charm can shine. Here there's too little of a hit-man's needed menace. Still, there're some good touches—Cassidy taking over enjoyment of the TV ball game from guy he's just killed; the pixieish Lane popping up from behind a sandbar; Cassidy's goofy hipster persona even if unbelievable. All in all, the material has more potential than the execution, and I suspect, would have worked better as a half-hour entry, as another reviewer points out.

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