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The Impromptu Murder 

A broker strangles his client when she requests her money he no longer has, buries the body, then impersonates her leaving town and disappearing.


Paul Henreid


Francis M. Cockrell (teleplay) (as Francis Cockrell), Roy Vickers (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Hume Cronyn ... Henry Daw
Robert Douglas ... Inspector Charles Tarrant
Valerie Cossart Valerie Cossart ... Marjorie Daw
Doris Lloyd ... Miss Wilkinson
David Frankham ... Holsom
George Pelling George Pelling ... Train ticket inspector
Molly Glessing Molly Glessing ... Lucy
Frederick Worlock ... Barclay (as Frederic Worlock)
Gwendolyn Watts Gwendolyn Watts ... Mrs. Garrold (as Gwen Watts)
Reggie Dvorak Reggie Dvorak ... Sir Francis Garrold


A woman who once accused Henry Daw of a crime enters the town and he invites her to stay with him and his sister. She tells Henry that she is carrying a large amount of money since she is planning an investment. Henry kills her for the money and dumps her body into the river. Henry then attends a dedication ceremony held on a bridge overlooking the river. When a body floats by, Henry is asked to identify it as the missing Miss Wilkinson. Without really looking at the body, he says it isn't her. A police detective asks Henry's sister to identify the body. Before she can have a look Henry confesses to the murder. Unfortunately for him, the body wasn't Miss Wilkinson's at all. It was someone else.

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Release Date:

22 June 1958 (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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Did You Know?


Hume Cronin's wife, Jessica Tandy, was in the previous episode, The Canary Sedan. See more »


During the commemoration ceremony, Henry (Hume Cronyn) is standing next to a monument that has the words "Honor Roll" inscribed, as this is taking place in England, the correct spelling would be "Honour Roll". See more »

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Murder Is a Complex Business
8 June 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There is so much that can go wrong when we attempt to change the course of our lives through violent crime. Hume Cronyn (one of our greatest actors) finds that he could be ruined if word got out that an elderly investor, whose money he had squandered, came to knowledge of this. The incredible ordeal he goes through to murder her and to hide her body seems beyond the pale for one of his seemingly delicate being. Still he does it and then has to live with the consequences. This episode is striking in its dreary ethos and captures the desperation of a soul. We must ask the question whether such a dramatic solution to his problem was really necessary. Once he acts, as is nearly always the case, he must continue to adjust and adapt to the consequences.

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