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    Senior Member Country: Spain Rowdon's Avatar
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    I think this may be an American film, so apologies etc. It may even be a TV episode. A man has been pronounced dead, and is wheeled into a morgue, eyes open. We know he is unable to move. One of the assistants notices he's crying, but the other says it's just the effect of the overhead fan ... I think they realise before it's too late.



    Any ideas? Or is it an absolute classic and I've just forgotten that it's in so-and-so?

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    Senior Member Country: Scotland Gerald Lovell's Avatar
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    It's Joseph Cotten in an ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS episode "Breakdown" (tx: 13.11.1955).

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    3 minutes! Astonishing.



    But is it possible I saw a remake? Because I'm sure this was in colour, and would have guessed the late 80s or so. And I think I would have remembered Joseph Cotten.

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    Senior Member Country: Scotland Gerald Lovell's Avatar
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    I think it was remade in the later 1980s series and that is possibly the one you're remembering.

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    The Joseph Cotten episode was one of the few directed by Hitchcock himself.



    I just checked the revived series, which consisted of only remakes and was short-lived, but did include Breakdown, originally the Cotten episode.

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    Senior Member Country: Spain Rowdon's Avatar
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    Well there you go! Words fail me. Thank you, everybody.

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    Senior Member Country: England cornershop15's Avatar
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    Well done, Gerald and Will. I think I watched a few of the originals (now on DVD) on Channel 4, and definitely remember the later versions being shown on ITV. One of them was the only occasion I've seen Brian Bedford apart from his Sixties films (George Innes was also in the episode). Apparently, Brian made another appearance in the series as Sherlock Holmes, which I must have missed.

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    Senior Member Country: Australia ShirlGirl's Avatar
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    That reminds me of a similar story that has haunted me over the years, but the man was in a catatonic state and actually ended up being buried alive. Shiver. His wife knew he suffered from this condition, but she wanted him dead, so she let it happen.



    I wonder if anyone can identify this one for me?

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    (The) Premature Burial (1962), starring Ray Milland?

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    Senior Member Country: Australia ShirlGirl's Avatar
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    There are a couple of details mentioned there that I don't recall, but I do believe that must be that one, Cornershop - thanks!



    Strange how I didn't remember it, with Ray Milland as the lead.

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