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The Indestructible Mr. Weems 

A lodge is selling cemetery plots, but nobody will buy one until the first person is buried there. The brothers turn to Mr. Weems.

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Alfred Hitchcock - Host
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Cato Stone
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Harry Brown
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Clarence Weems
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Dr. Elkins
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Bronsky
Rebecca Welles ...
Laura Weems
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Sara Collins
Theodore Newton ...
Dr. Allen (as Ted Newton)
Ferdi B. Hoffman ...
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Ted Bliss ...
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Mr. Weems is supposedly near death. Some of his lodge brothers have invested in a cemetery and are in needs of customers. They make a bargain with Weems. They will pay Weems fifty dollars a week for the rest of his, presumably, short life if he agrees to buy the first plot. They hope that others following Mr. Weems's lead will also buy plots. Unfortunately, the men discover that Weems is a bit more resilient than any of them thought. Written by Anonymous

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9 June 1957 (USA)  »

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A-Grade Hitch
6 May 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Delicious entry. The dedicated board members of a businessman's lodge are stuck with an expensive cemetery that's going unpopulated. They figure the cemetery needs a first customer to get it off the ground. And who better to first sign up than ailing brother Weems (Collins) in return for a monthly $50. From his bed-ridden looks, he can't last long anyway. No wonder the greedy lodge brothers are rubbing their hands. Now if only Weems didn't live 4 flights up.

Acting, directing, and writing all come together. The four guys are a hoot as they try to finesse how they personally benefit from the arrangement. Middleton, especially, shines as the bull-like chairman of the board. Then there's Collins who excelled at slippery characters. The ending is deliciously ironic in the best Hitch fashion. Kudos to director Addiss, writer Slavin, and the fine ensemble cast for this first-rate entry.


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