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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Barry Atwater ...
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Rex Comeaux ...
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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 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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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 »

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11 June 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

The premise is a little like the film and book SECONDS. Though both the leads could have been better they are still strong enough. I agree the lead male may be miscast. Dickenson's performance makes sense when it's all said and done. It's just that neither of them are on the level of say RICHARD BASEHART in BLACK CURTAIN. Or some of the other more experienced guest stars the series had. The setting is well done, about half studio and then location. It's not real stylish but moves along and it believable. I have to say I think it works. The ending is something that the Hitchcock series is/was almost uniquely able to do, both by being an anthology but also by having Hitchcock show up at the end to deal with any network complaints in a way that quells their concerns while letting those actually watching the show that he doesn't mean a word of it. Just one of the great things about this series. Is this a great episode? In a lesser series it would be, but it's a very solid episode, more noir and existential than suspense and there's nothing wrong with that.


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