When wealthy department store owner Barryvale dies, local mortician Art Motherwell anticipates a windfall from a lavish funeral. But the dearly beloved awakens from death to insist the mortician keep expenses to the bare minimum.

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Arthur Motherwell
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When wealthy department store owner Barryvale dies, local mortician Art Motherwell anticipates a windfall from a lavish funeral. But the dearly beloved awakens from death to insist the mortician keep expenses to the bare minimum.

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Himself - Host: [while defying gravity] Twice I've been mistaken for a dirigible. They keep trying to deflate me. I'm certain by now you've guessed that tonight's play is about gravity and people who resist the earth's pull. You're wrong. It's about an undertaker and one of the persons he undertakes.
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A Matter of Taste
3 February 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The 30-minutes is played strictly for laughs and is likely a matter of taste for viewers.

Middle-aged Motherwell (McGiver) runs a funeral parlor that's tapped by a high-powered legal firm to conduct an elaborate funeral for prominent citizen Barryvale (Smith). It means a big boost for the modest parlor, but then the subject is wheeled in for preparation, and....

McGiver manages more lugubrious mugs per second than a race car does rpm's, which is fine since there's not much else going on. And catch Joby Baker's assistant's role that has all the earmarks of a time-filler. Good to see familiar TV face Peggy Cass as Motherwell's wife. Together, they're a perfect match. But the best thing may be Hitch's wrap-around. I'm still wondering how they did it.


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