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:
Himself - Host
Skip Baxter
Mrs. Fister
Joby Baker ...
Doc Carroll
Martin Blaine ...
Professor Dawson
Jennifer West ...
Don Marshall ...
Tom Jackson
William Sharon ...
Sam - Bartender
Bronwyn FitzSimons ...
The Girl Student
Eric Matthews ...
Charlie Pitts
George Dockstader ...
The Garbage Collector
Ed Blair
Jeff Cooper ...
Pete Phillips
Michael Beirne ...
Jim Thompson
Bob Bernard ...
The 1st Student


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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4 August 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Despite the negative votes, reviewer HEFILM is right: this is a poorly written episode. There's no real suspense because the narrative meanders with no clear climax to build to. Then too, Skip's (Parks) character makes little sense. I'm prepared to suspend disbelief, but only up to a point. That Skip would be a perpetual drunk while also in medical school and a key player on the football team is simply a stretch too far. In fact Skip's so far gone he has only about 10 lines of dialogue total. The rest of the time he's in an alcoholic haze. Also, padding appears evident in the protracted sequence with the coy old lady (McDevitt), whose tangential presence could be easily shortened or eliminated. Nonetheless, when I think about it, an important trademark is present-- the ending is in fact ironic, given the beginning. However, the irony remains purely conceptual, lacking the dramatic impact of better series episodes. Looks to me like the script should have been sent back to re-write. But as things stand, it would be better just to skip Skip.

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