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The Night of the Ready-Made Corpse 

Agents West and Gordon are assigned to guard foreign dictator Colonel Pellargo but are foiled by a clever assassin who himself shows up dead only a few days later. However, the ... See full summary »




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Episode complete credited cast:
Fabian Lavendor
Rose Murphy
Patricia Huston ...
Leda Pellargo
Paul Comi ...
Col. Pellargo #2
Daniel Ades ...
Col. Pellargo #1
Gene Tyburn ...
Alan Bergmann ...
Claudio Antille / Murphy


Agents West and Gordon are assigned to guard foreign dictator Colonel Pellargo but are foiled by a clever assassin who himself shows up dead only a few days later. However, the disappearance of a local Irishman into Fabian Lavendor's funeral parlor piques the agents' curiosity -- and the cut-and-dried assassination becomes a far more complex intrigue. Written by Corgi

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25 November 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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To this day Robert Conrad has bad memories of this episode, "The Night of the Ready-Made Corpse". Conrad, never the laid back type, resented the constant upstaging by Carroll O'Connor. See more »


When investigating the death of Claudio Antille, West and Gordon find that he is interred in a personalized mausoleum - in that town, it is doubtful that the mausoleum could have been built and the metal nameplate manufactured in the time between his death and the investigation. Also, if it were able to have been built, West and Gordon would certainly have been able to trace the builder and the person who paid for the mausoleum, as it would have been rather expensive. See more »


Col. Pellargo #2: My people are completely dedicated to two basic objectives. The first is eking out a basic hand-to-mouth existence. And the second...
James T. West: Trying to assassinate you.
Col. Pellargo #2: From time to time, yes. I'm a reasonable man. I'm willing to grant them the first, but never the second.
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Remade as The Blacklist: The Alchemist (No. 101) (2014) See more »

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Archie Bunker Ditches The Dingbat Before She Sings
11 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a bit of a ghoulish plot, Caroll O'Connor prior to being Archie is a mortician named Latimer who is in the business of taking crooks and operating on them to create new identities. He also does some gruesome murders when people get in his way.

Artie tries to fool him in disguise but winds up on his table & nearly snuffed out before Jim rescues him late in the episode. A solid performance by O'Connor is not wasted here as he seems to be just the right type for the role he assumes in this show. You can almost smell the formaldehyde in the main room prior to his first operation.

The new ID for a gun man is the main thing that makes Jim & Artie look into this as the guy they are chasing appears to disappear once he reaches Lattimer's Funeral parlor.

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