Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 7, Episode 8

The Old Pro (28 Nov. 1961)

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A retired hit man being blackmailed finds out in his profession, he has to keep on killing to protect his wife and to survive.



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Himself - Host
Frank Burns
Loretta Burns
Stacy Harris ...


Frank Burns sets off fishing and promises his wife a half dozen fresh trout for them and their dinner guests. In fact, he's meeting Cullen, a blackmailing journalist, who knows Frank was once a killer and promises not to publish the story for a fee. Frank's wife thinks he's a retired engineer and he's accepted as a member of the local society set. Frank is tired of paying off his blackmailer and arranges with one of his former associates to take care of the situation permanently. Cullen has something else in mind, however, but Frank knows what he has to do. Unfortunately his former associates also have plans for Frank. Written by garykmcd

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28 November 1961 (USA)  »

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An old pro never retriers
22 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

****Spoilers**** Having retired to this gated community in rural New Jersey former mob hit man Frank Burns, Richard Conte, feels that retired life is what he needs to forget his past as a paid assassin for the Chicago syndicate. That's until newspaper reported Cullen, Stacy Harris, started blackmailing him in threatening to reveal his past in that he's not really a retired successful engineer but a ruthless mob hit-man to his both friends in the community as well as wife Loretta, Sara Shane.

Knowing that Cullen's blackmailing would never stop even if he paid him off with the $40,000.00 that he demanded to keep his mouth shut Burns gets in touch with his old boss "Nick" Nicholson, John Anderson, to put a hit on him in order to get him both out of his hair as well as life. As Burns soon found out the man who was to hit or assassinate Cullen a Mr.Mace, Richard Carlyle, was actually working for him!

***SPOILERS*** Still pretty good at his job as a hit-man Burns has no trouble dispatching, by drowning, both Mace and the man who hired him Cullen in record time only to find out that the real person behind all this was his old boss "Nick" Nicholson. It's "Nick" who wants Burns back as his #1 hit-man and would do anything, like defacing his pretty wife Sara's face with acid, to get him back. Burns does end up, against his wife's objections, to work for "Nick" only as the "Master", Alfred Hitchcock, himself explains to the audience that he was later killed in a blotched hit-job that retired him permanently.

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