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Cheap Is Cheap 

Alexander Gifford has to be the cheapest skinflint on the planet. He chides his wife for leaving a light turned on and he reads his neighbors newspaper rather than buy his own. When his ... See full summary »

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Alexander Gifford has to be the cheapest skinflint on the planet. He chides his wife for leaving a light turned on and he reads his neighbors newspaper rather than buy his own. When his wife discovers he has bank accounts totaling $33,000 she starts spending money on herself and he decides he has to do something about it. He tries to hire a hit man, but recoils when he's told that the fee would be $500. The hit man refers him to a chemist to buy poison, but again recoils at the cost. He decides to find a low-cost way to proceed, but even when he's successful is taken aback when the doctor tells him that the funeral will likely cost at least $160. Even with that, he finds a way to avoid the costs. Written by garykmcd

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5 April 1959 (USA)  »

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The Hitman character Jack Lambert refers to a TV show where a lady uses a lamb bone to kill her husband, in reference to the four year earlier Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), specifically the Mary Maloney character as played by Barbara Bel Geddes in the episode "Lamb to the Slaughter." See more »

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"Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Cheap Is Cheap (#4.26)" (1959)
23 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

What makes this Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode special is that we all knew Dennis Day as a regular cast member on Jack Benny's show often complaining about how cheap Mr. Benny is yet in this episode we see Dennis Day portraying an incredibly cheap stingy man far worse than Jack Benny's comic persona.


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