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An alcoholic actor strangles his friend who won his part in a play, and then tries a unusual way to try to dispose of his body.


John Newland


Robert Bloch (teleplay), Max Franklin (story)




Episode credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Robert Duvall ... Bart Collins
Carole Eastman Carole Eastman ... Marjorie Rogers
Charles Robinson Charles Robinson ... Jerry Lane
David Lewis ... Ed Boling
William Schallert ... Lt. Gunderson
Bartlett Robinson ... Donald Wellman
Jo Helton ... Secretary
Raven Grey Eagle Raven Grey Eagle ... Bongo Player
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elephant Elephant ... Mr. Blackwood


Bart Collins is a frustrated actor who hasn't had much success in landing roles lately. He's in line for a part in a play but Bart parties hard and shows up late for his audition. He finds he's in competition with another actor, Jerry Lane and in a rage, strangles Jerry in his apartment. Before he can dispose of the body he is visited by a detective looking into Jerry's disappearance. Bart's odd behavior however, gives him away. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Method Actor (1985) See more »

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Robert Bloch scripts, Robert Duvall stars
25 October 2012 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Bad Actor" stars Robert Duvall as washed up actor Bart Collins, whose drinking has ruined any chance to succeed in movies and television. When he gets a shot at playing a strangler in a new play, he becomes dismayed at having to compete with his friend Jerry Lane (Charles Knox Robinson), his disdain showing itself with Collins accidentally strangling his rival, left with the problem of how to dispose of the corpse. David Lewis plays Collins' agent, and William Schallert shows up as a police lieutenant. Actress Carole Eastman would soon give up performing in front of the camera for a career as a writer. Meanwhile, "Psycho" author Robert Bloch would do one more script for the half hour Hitchcocks, continuing for the hour long version.

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