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Hell Toupee 

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Defense attorney Harry Ballentine is understandably nervous when his client is mild-mannered accountant Murray Bernstein - who after investing in a strange toupee had felt compelled to murder the first lawyer he saw. Harry goes after it.

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Irvin Kershner

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Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 3 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Tony Kienitz Tony Kienitz ... Harry
Cindy Morgan ... Beth
Stanley Brock ... Mitchell
Gary Allen Gary Allen ... Mr. Simon
James Avery ... Chief Hansen
Mitch Kreindel Mitch Kreindel ... Floyd King
Ken Olfson ... Clifford Monroe
E. Hampton Beagle E. Hampton Beagle ... Murray Bernstein
Fredric Cook ... Officer Schmidt
Cal Gibson ... Guard
Jonathan Luria Jonathan Luria ... Officer Montgomery (as Joanathan Luria)
Thomas F. Maguire Thomas F. Maguire ... Guard
John McCook ... M.C.
Robert Tessier ... Woodsman
Jack Wells Jack Wells ... Mr. Zahl
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Defense attorney Harry Ballentine is understandably nervous when his client is mild-mannered accountant Murray Bernstein - who after investing in a strange toupee had felt compelled to murder the first lawyer he saw. Harry goes after it.

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English

Release Date:

13 April 1986 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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There are nine bald actors in this episode. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror IX (1998) See more »

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A Hairy Tale That Should Have Been Better
3 September 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

"Murray Bernstein" used to be meek, wimpy accountant who had a nice family and all was well....at least better than now. The turning point? He bought a toupee. Eight days later he's in jail after murdering several people. A young and "dispensable" lawyer, "Harry Ballentine," comes to his cell and interviews Murray and then goes back to the office determined to do everything he can to help defend the man. What he finds is strange....very strange.

With a great title like "Hell Toupee," I expected this episode to be outrageous and quite funny. Well, it was outrageous, but it wasn't funny; it was just stupid. Having a "psychotic hairpiece" might have been a clever story for horror and comedy but they went totally slapstick with this, which I don't mind except it poor slapstick.

The toupee sidles along the ground and makes goofy noises and, somehow, gets around. Maybe a five-year-old would laugh at these sights or at Tony Kienitz's over-the-top young lawyer act, which gets aggravating in a hurry.

The only thing funny in here were a couple of puns made by the skeptical police captain.


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