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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8 May 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In its latter days, "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" began running episodes that looked like rejects from "The Twilight Zone," bordering on the popular surreal approach while attempting to remain crime dramas. This one features the Thanos Hotel, where reluctant, wannabe suicides go to have someone else do it for them. The premise is ridiculous, but in these years before Dr. Kevorkian and a rising suicide rate, maybe it didn't seem quite so ghoulish. The hotel is sort of like a dude ranch, where for some reason people wear cowboy hats and ride horses. It's also like a Roach Motel, in that once you check in you can't check out. Steven Hill is the colorless actor who wants to commit suicide but changes his mind. Angie Dickenson is the luminous star at hand in a role that makes little sense, but her radiant beauty is the only reason to watch this dull, confusing episode, which is among the worst of the series.

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