The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3, Episode 15

Thanatos Palace Hotel (1 Feb. 1965)

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Norman Manners is suicidal, and is saved by a fire company when he jumps from a building. While recuperating, he is visited by Mr. J. Smith, who invites him to a recreational resort for ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Barry Atwater ...
Borchter (as G.B. Atwater)
Bartlett Robinson ...
Rex Comeaux ...
The Doctor
Charles Fredericks ...
Gail Bonney ...
Pat Renella ...
Adrienne Ellis ...
The Young Woman (as Adrianne Ellis)
Nancy Sanderson ...
Len Hendry ...
Henry Wills ...
The 1st Cowboy
Lew Brown ...
The 2nd Cowboy


Norman Manners is suicidal, and is saved by a fire company when he jumps from a building. While recuperating, he is visited by Mr. J. Smith, who invites him to a recreational resort for those who wish to die, the Thanatos Palace Hotel. Borchter, the proprietor, tells Mr. Manners that he can stay for as long as it takes to become comfortably ready for death. He meets a beautiful guest, Ariane Shaw, who has resided at the hotel for six months, providing services for her room and board. Her service is the romancing of male guests in preparation for their deaths. With Manners, for the first time, she finds a reason to live, as does he. Written by Lewis Amack

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1 February 1965 (USA)  »

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The wide shot of the exterior of Steven Hill's house is the same establishing shot used for the second house on Leave it to Beaver. See more »


Remake of Pensione Edelweiss (1959) See more »

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Promising Premise Gone Awry
18 January 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The episode's premise is a really unusual and promising one. People bent on suicide, but too hesitant to do it themselves, are invited to a "suicide hotel", where it will be done for them at an unknown time and in a humane manner. Steven Hill signs up, but while there, meets the gorgeous Angie Dickinson. Understandably, he now wants to escape with her in tow. But wait! Just who is she? The climax is a real stunner. Despite the promise, the brilliantly staged climax remains the only real reason to catch up with this otherwise erratic 60 minutes. The problem lies mainly with a muddled script and a confused Angie Dickinson who appears as mixed-up with her role as the script is. The problem is not with her acting ability; it's with the uncertainty of the script itself. She just doesn't know which emotions to draw on, while the director is probably as confused as she is. (See if you can figure out what her role is supposed to be in the hotel's suicide program.) Also, Steven Hill seems miscast. He's simply too strong a character to ' let someone else do it'. All in all, I suspect the script was rushed into production which would account for its poor development-- a problem with the demanding hour-long format as a whole. Anyhow , the only reason to comment is because there's an A-grade suspense story buried somewhere here, awaiting proper treatment from a budding screenwriter.

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