Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 7, Episode 4

Cop for a Day (31 Oct. 1961)

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When a young woman witnesses two men rob and kill a bank messenger, one of the men devises a plan to silence her.

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Phil
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Davey
Carol Grace ...
The Woman
Bernard Fein ...
Marty
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George Kane ...
2nd Cop
Anatol Winogradoff ...
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Kathryna Dudley ...
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Davey and Phil successfully rob a bank messenger of $18,000 but now have one major complication. Davey is a bit of a hot-head and in the course of the robbery he shoots the messenger and there is now an eye witness who can identify him. When it's subsequently reported that he's died, Phil devises a plan that will solve their problem. Unfortunately, Davey again acts without thinking with dire results. Written by garykmcd

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The Loose Cannon
10 February 2013 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** It's the cool and calculated hoodlum Phil's,Walter Mathau, misfortune to hook himself up in a Mutt & Jeff stick up team with the fast on the trigger and slow in the brain Davey played by a Joe Pesci like, before anyone ever heard of him, Glenn Cannon: Thus my title for the episode. It's the shoot first and think later Davey who really got the two in hot water. That after robbing a bank messenger, Tom Begley, of $18,000.00 the hot headed and slow thinking Davey shot the guy in cold blood killing him. With a woman witnessing the murder, who's played by Walter Matthau's real life wife at the time Carol Grace, the two if caught and identified by her as the bank messenger's murderers may well end up in Sing Sing's electric chair.

With Phil & Davey holed up from the police in a flea bag hotel room Phil while going out to buy sandwiches and beer reads in the local newspaper that the messenger died of his wounds and that there's an eye witness to the killing! It's then that the the cagey Phil dreams up a plan that can solve both his and Davey's very pressing problems. Impersonate a cop and get to the eye witnesses', who's under 24 hour around the clock police protection, apartment and make sure by murdering her that she'll never live to testify against them.

***SPOILERS*** As cool as a cucumber Phil disguised as a cop talks his way, fooling the cops guarding her, into the eye witnesses apartment and with her thinking he's a cop guarding her she lets her guard down. After some harmless and friendly chit chat Phil coolly and cold blooded pulls out his police service revolver and murders the woman using a pillow as a silencer. Going back to his and Davey's hotel room Phil soon realizes the mistake that he made. Not in murdering the eye whiteness who's testimony can land him in the hot seat but in keeping his plan from his very unstable and paranoid partner in crime Davey!


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