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Anyone for Murder? 

James Parkerson is a professor and dean of psychology. He places a classified ad in the newspaper offering to help husbands and wives who want to be relieved of their spouses, ostensibly to... See full summary »

Director:

Leo Penn

Writers:

Jack Ritchie (short story), Arthur A. Ross (teleplay) (as Arthur Ross)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Barry Nelson ... Dr. James Parkerson
Patricia Breslin ... Doris Parkerson
Richard Dawson ... Robert Johnson (as Dick Dawson)
Edward Andrews ... Bingham
Richard X. Slattery ... Detective Barker
Robert Jacquin Robert Jacquin ... Mr. Conelley, Editor
Grant Woods ... The Man At The Bar (as Grant Lockwood)
David Fresco ... The Waiter
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James Parkerson is a professor and dean of psychology. He places a classified ad in the newspaper offering to help husbands and wives who want to be relieved of their spouses, ostensibly to conduct research. The editor calls him into the newspaper office for a meeting with a police detective, who suspects him of offering murder for hire. The ad is discontinued, but he receives 20 responses. The first responder is Bingham, a real hit man, who wants all of Parkerson's referrals. The second responder is Robert Johnson, with whom Doris Parkerson is having an adulterous affair. Bingham plans to kill Mrs. Parkerson, but Johnson gets in the way. Written by Lew Amack

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Dean Parkerson's classified advertisement address is Box 2618. See more »

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Original Idea, Loopy Result
26 January 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The best thing about this goofy production is the absence of clichés of any kind. I'm not sure what the writer has in mind, but the best way to take events is as black comedy, without the laughs. The set-up, however, is something of a curious grabber. A professor decides to research married couples who have proclivities toward killing their spouse. So he advertises that in so many words and in a newspaper, no less. No wonder Barry Nelson as the prof keeps rolling his eyes in loopy fashion. I'm guessing such research is not part of his school's core curriculum.

Anyway, things twist around to where the prof moves to kill his wife's lover (Dawson), while the lover moves to kill her husband (the prof.). The big irony is they don't know they're involved in the same lovers' triangle. So the identity of each guy's marked man remains unknown to the other. Thus, as acquaintances, they socialize without realizing they're actually trying to kill each other. A second irony is both unknowingly want to hire the same hit man (Andrews). All in all, It's certainly a different story idea. But, on the whole, reviewer Maxwell is spot-on with the production details. I'm just sorry the idea's poorly worked out, and not up to the caliber of the performers or the farcical potential.


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