The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3, Episode 4

The Life Work of Juan Diaz (26 Oct. 1964)

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



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

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Creepy episode
11 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lots of the AH Presents hour long shows are not all that good, but this is one of the better ones that I have seen. It's just plain eerie and creepy and if you shudder when looking at dried corpses all lined upright on both sides of a catacomb, you will freak out! Nicely directed by Hitchcock favorite, Norman Lloyd (the man who falls from the Statue of Liberty in the AH film, "Saboteur").

The program has a bit of humor in it - very dry humor....and rather the dried mummies it delves amongst.

I recall seeing a bit of this one when it first ran back in 1964. I was but a lad back then and I deemed this episode to spooky to watch by myself. Tonight was the first time I have seen it in more than 40 years.

The eyes of the mummy......don't let your impressionable children watch. Too freaky.

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