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The Life Work of Juan Diaz 

A dishonest graveyard owner exhumes body of a poor Mexican woman's husband, but she makes it work to her children's benefit.


Norman Lloyd


Ray Bradbury (story and teleplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Alejandro Rey ... Juan Diaz
Frank Silvera ... Alejandro
Pina Pellicer ... Maria Diaz
Valentin de Vargas ... Ricardo, Chief of Police (as Valentin De Vargas)
Larry Domasin Larry Domasin ... Jorge Diaz
Alex Montoya Alex Montoya ... Ignacia, The Coffin Maker
Hinton Pope Hinton Pope ... The Man
Audrey Swanson Audrey Swanson ... 2nd Woman
Gale Lindsey Gale Lindsey ... The 1st Woman
Mark Miranda ... 1st Boy
Suzanne Barnes Suzanne Barnes ... The 3rd Woman
Concepcion Sandoval Concepcion Sandoval ... The 1st Child
Yolanda Alonzo Yolanda Alonzo ... The 2nd Child
Vincent Arias Vincent Arias ... 2nd Boy


Young Juan Diaz gives cemetery caretaker Alejandro 40 pesos to rent a burial plot. He soon falls fatally ill, and warns his wife, Maria, to not let Alejandro cheat her out of the two-year lease for which he paid. One year later, Alejandro asks Maria for more money, or he will disinter Juan's mummy and place it in the catacomb. Maria and her son Jorge sneak into the catacomb, and frighten Alejandro as they walk Juan's mummy out of the cemetery. Alejandro asks Ricardo, the Chief of Police and Maria's brother-in-law, to confiscate Juan's mummy from the Diaz home, but Ricardo refuses. Maria puts Juan's mummy on display as a tourist attraction. Written by Lewis Amack

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26 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Cemetery owner Alejandro is variously described as the grave digger, the keeper of the dead, and the keeper of dry souls. See more »

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Creepy episode
11 January 2007 | by donofthedialSee all my reviews

Lots of the AH Presents hour long shows are not all that good, but this is one of the better ones that I have seen. It's just plain eerie and creepy and if you shudder when looking at dried corpses all lined upright on both sides of a catacomb, you will freak out! Nicely directed by Hitchcock favorite, Norman Lloyd (the man who falls from the Statue of Liberty in the AH film, "Saboteur").

The program has a bit of humor in it - very dry humor....and rather light...like the dried mummies it delves amongst.

I recall seeing a bit of this one when it first ran back in 1964. I was but a lad back then and I deemed this episode to spooky to watch by myself. Tonight was the first time I have seen it in more than 40 years.

The eyes of the mummy......don't let your impressionable children watch. Too freaky.

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