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Cop for a Day 

When a young woman witnesses two men rob and kill a bank messenger, one of the men devises a plan to silence her.


Paul Henreid


Henry Slesar (teleplay)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Walter Matthau ... Phil
Glenn Cannon Glenn Cannon ... Davey
Carol Grace ... The Woman
Bernard Fein Bernard Fein ... Marty
Robert Reiner Robert Reiner ... 1st Cop
George Kane George Kane ... 2nd Cop
Anatol Winogradoff Anatol Winogradoff ... The Counterman
Susan Brown ... The Receptionist
Tom Begley Tom Begley ... The Bank Messenger
Kathryna Dudley Kathryna Dudley ... The Lady


Davey and Phil successfully rob a bank messenger of $18,000 but now have one major complication. Davey is a bit of a hot-head and in the course of the robbery he shoots the messenger and there is now an eye witness who can identify him. When it's subsequently reported that he's died, Phil devises a plan that will solve their problem. Unfortunately, Davey again acts without thinking with dire results. Written by garykmcd

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31 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Carol Grace, the actress who played "The Woman," was married to Walter Matthau. See more »

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The perils of being a hothead
27 April 2018 | by talonjensenSee all my reviews

The perils of being the hothead and the perils of partnering with a hothead.

Nicely done, decent writing and acting. Of course the episode benefited from Walter Matthau and his wife being good, experienced actors. The surprise twist at the end was quick and to the point, one of those rare ones I didn't see coming because I made a different assumption which proved wrong in about half a second. Make sure you don't miss Hitchcock's ending dialogue.

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