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The Diplomatic Corpse 

A married couple stands to inherit 30,000 pounds when the wife's aunt riding with them dies, but while in Mexico their car with her body inside is stolen.


Paul Henreid


Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Alec Coppel (story)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Peter Lorre ... Tomas Salgado
George Peppard ... Evan Wallace
Mary Scott ... Janet Wallace
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Tait, Janet's Aunt
John Verros John Verros ... Police Chief Miguel Herrera
Orlando Rodríguez Orlando Rodríguez ... Rafael
Harrison Lewis Harrison Lewis ... Doctor Elliot
George Navarro George Navarro ... Cantina Proprietor
Sid Cassel Sid Cassel ... Border Inspector (as Sid Cassell)


Evan Wallace and his wife Janet take Janet's wealthy aunt on an sightseeing trip to Mexico. Janet's aunt suddenly dies in the back seat of their car. They cover the body and stop at a café for a soothing drink. When they return, they discover that the car has been stolen. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

8 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Evan is finishing up his examination of the car at 13:30, the boom is reflected in the windshield. See more »

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See It Just to Watch Peter Lorre
22 June 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Here we have a Mexican "The Trouble with Harry." It's the old "What happened to the body?" episode. Two less than savory characters are traveling with their insufferable aunt to Mexico when she dies. This wouldn't be a big deal except she has considerable money and they need a death certificate to make sure that they become beneficiaries. Unfortunately, her death takes place in Mexico and they encounter a series disreputable people, most prominent among them a crooked lawyer, played by Peter Lorre. Lorre is to me one of the best, if not the best, character actors of all time. He leads this young couple around the block time after time. He is charming and assuring and deadly untrustworthy. Of course, nothing runs smooth, and the master has the last word.

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