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Final Arrangements 

A man fed up with his invalid wife's nagging, plans and prepays for a stylish coffin and funeral expenses.


Gordon Hessler


Robert Arthur (teleplay), Lawrence A. Page (story)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Martin Balsam ... Leonard Thompson
Vivian Nathan Vivian Nathan ... Elsie Thompson
O.Z. Whitehead ... Simms
Slim Pickens ... Bradshaw
Bartlett Robinson ... Dr. Maxwell
Susan Brown ... The Secretary
George Kane George Kane ... Pharmacy Clerk
Bryan Russell ... Billy Howard


Leonard Thompson is not a very happy man. He's married to a shrewish, bedridden wife who blames him for her condition. She's constantly demanding that he ask for a raise and spend more money on her. Leonard decides to do something about his situation. He visits a funeral director and pre-purchases the most expensive funeral available. He then goes to a pharmacy and purchases poison, insisting that he needs something painless. Then at the appointed time, he confronts his wife, one last time. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

20 June 1961 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The dagger used is "keris" the traditional dagger from Indonesia. See more »

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The Big Payoff
31 October 2017 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Final Arrangements is a bland but effective Hitchcock show, featuring excellent performances from its offbeat cast. I especially like John Ford regular O.Z. Whitehead as an undertaker, and Slim Pickens as the owner of a store specializing in exotic masks, weapons and the like.

In the leading role of the put-upon husband of a wife from hell, Martin Balsam is almost too good casting. His performance, good in itself, comes across as a bit too serious for this playfully morbid episode. It's seems merely a matter of just a matter of time it will take him to murder his nagging, hypochondriac of a wife, and by what means.

Those know-it-alls, fans of this series who think they can guess the endings of all the Hitchcock shows may come a cropper big time if they think they have this one all figured out,--and I'll leave it at that.

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