The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 2, Episode 23

A Matter of Murder (3 Apr. 1964)

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A notorious but ethical auto thief and his gang steal a Rolls-Royce, unaware that the trunk contains the body of a woman who was murdered by her husband.

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Sheridan Westcott
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Enid Bentley (as Patricia Crowley)
Patrick McVey ...
Police Lieutenant
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Philadelphia Harry
Howard Wendell ...
Mr. Flagstone
Than Wyenn ...
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Lewis Charles ...
Lopez
Jordan Grant ...
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Paul Potash ...
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Tyler McVey ...
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Marc Rambeau ...
Weldon
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Harv (as Calvin Bartlett)
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A notorious but ethical auto thief and his gang steal a Rolls-Royce, unaware that the trunk contains the body of a woman who was murdered by her husband.

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Obviously, the Silver Rolls Royce is a completely different motorcar than the black one from the earlier part of the program. The black one was never painted silver. The tires on the "painted" vehicle were whitewalls on the black car, and then all black on the silver motorcar. See more »

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After the car is painted, it is driven before it has time for the paint to dry. See more »

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good plot, OK production.
24 June 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

It's pretty much an out and out comedy, not all that funny but the story twists keep it lively and amusing. McGavin and Savalas were, of course, soon to be TV stars in their own right. Both kind of do what you'd expect but the story robs them of any direct conflict which is too bad as it'd be fun to see them react off each other.

Show has a pretty dated and obnoxious 60's comedy music score, that seems to be pieced together from the music library. Does feature a fair amount of on location scenes, including one where you can see that it's raining for real in a scene--this helps keep the show moving.

Savalas gang scenes aren't really convincing, as the dumb stooge guys just aren't very funny. McGavin is more successful in his blustering scenes.

Police elements are treated fairly seriously which seems odd in this context and the ending of the show is too abrupt, the real pay off being left off camera.


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