The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 2, Episode 8

The Cadaver (29 Nov. 1963)

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A college aid borrows a dead female body from the lab and plants it in his roommate's dorm to try and scare him sober, but the joke becomes disastrous.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Host
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Skip Baxter
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Mrs. Fister
Joby Baker ...
Doc Carroll
Martin Blaine ...
Professor Dawson
Jennifer West ...
Ruby
Don Marshall ...
Tom Jackson
William Sharon ...
Sam - Bartender
Bronwyn FitzSimons ...
The Girl Student
Eric Matthews ...
Charlie Pitts
George Dockstader ...
The Garbage Collector
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Ed Blair
Jeff Cooper ...
Pete Phillips
Michael Beirne ...
Jim Thompson
Bob Bernard ...
The 1st Student
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Medical student Doc Carroll decides to play a practical joke on his drunken roommate, Skip. He plants a cadaver from the medical school in Skip's bed and convinces him he killed their friend, Ruby. The joke works much better than Doc had hoped. Written by Ronny Bailey

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stops dead
24 June 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

The set up is an interesting view of college life, including minority characters mixed in on equal footing with the more typical white college kids of the day. It's not really giving anything away to say this is a "how do we get rid of the body" type of story. And that's where it all derails and comes to a stop. We meet all these college friends on campus etc but then we have a long episode with a Kooky old lady who our hero gets mixed up with for no good reason and this basically lasts about 20 minutes and kills the episode. The lead character of the show doesn't have much to say much of the time and the rest of the time he's drunk, so it's hard to get under the character's skin and really care or see where this is all going.

The pacing is also deadly slow in spots, the shots are nice but the payoff to shots and scenes comes and goes yet we linger linger linger.

The show is basically serious, until the unfunny kooky old lady section, so it all ends up feeling like they didn't make either a seriously dark episode or a successful dark comedy one. Poorly written by James Bridges. Episode seems to be tracked with Herrmann music which helps but the music also fails to help pick up the pace or bridge gaps either.

It's a misfire. The wrap around segment again features Hitch as his mustachioed brother character.


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