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Title

Dressed to Kill

Plot

An unemployed actor plans a bizarre drama of enacting his own death and consequently impersonating his wife to claim the insurance money.

Episode

0099

Air Dates

  • First Run - May 30, 1974
  • Repeat - August 4, 1974

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Rating

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22 Responses to Episode 0099

Intersting "Crack in the Wall" has a plot that may have inspired Tobe Hooper's "Poltergeist" now this - "Mad Men"'s Robert Morse in a "Tootsie" like tale. More sinister motives then Dustin Hoffman's though...

Mike

There was a 1980 film called "Dressed To Kill" featuring a male murderer in women's clothes, but there the similarity ends. Robert Morse's voice acting is fantastic, switching between male and female voices with apparent effortlessness. Crime thriller, no supernatural elements.

Andy

I knew there was NO WAY he could possibly get away with it. Even by 1970's standards, but it was still fun to listen to him try.

Wayne

A struggling actor and part-time con man finds a devilish means towards financial security. He puts forth a brilliant performance when he dresses in drag. But is it enough to pull the wool over the eyes of the police?

Larry

In this story, a lawyer defends a client in a murder trial. After an acquittal is reached, the lawyer learns the truth about his client and he struggles with what to do.

Peter

An out-of-work actor concocts a scheme to fake his death and then "play" his wife in order to collect the insurance payoff.

Cheska D.

An out of work, but wiley and charismatic young actor plots a performance that will make use of his talents and net him a bunch of cash... staging his own accidental death, then playing the part of his wife to collect the double indemnity insurance. I enjoyed this episode and was surprised by the voice of the insurance agent who, in my file, is unidentified at the end because the file was clipped. Perhaps you'll recognize him too!

Malcolm

"Dressed to Kill" was a fun episode to listen to although extremely predictable. Peter, an out of work actor, plays the part of a lifetime as a woman. His female voice was quite comical. A different episode indeed, but nothing special. Alas, just 3 stars.

DAVY JOE

Robert Morse is so talented! He hoaned his skills in drag in a musical called "Sugar," which was the musical version of "Some Like it Hot." It's not a great show, but he was terrific as Daphne. Larry Kert was Josephine. Mr. Morse never disappoints, and gets to show some range here. He is still working on "Mad Men"! I love this guy, and all of his appearances on RMT. I only wish there were more.

Zeezee1

An excellent crime story!

Mark A

Robert Morse is so talented! He hoaned his skills in drag in a musical called "Sugar," which was the musical version of "Some Like it Hot." It's not a great show, but he was terrific as Daphne. Larry Kert was Josephine. Mr. Morse never disappoints, and gets to show some range here. He is still working on "Mad Men"! I love this guy, and all of his appearances on RMT. I only wish there were more.

Zeezee1

MAD MEN fans!!! Burt Cooper as a woman!!

Desiree

A well thought out plan for getting insurance money that went wrong. This is my second time listening to all the stories and I did remember pretty much the whole story, so something stood out in it for me (besides my own plans mimicking this plot, except that I'm married with 4 kids and I couldn't get away with it). I guess I didn't remember the wino/drunk/bum part of the plan, but I guess there always has to be a murder...

Alec

shouldn't have asked about the check...if it was to take that long, maybe waited several months before inquiring "when will it arrive?"...greed, once again, gets the better of what was working out to be a pretty successful plan.

Jethro

Three clues: Crossdresser, bum, Mexico. The one that conjures up Mexico for me is Mexican Stand Off (485) though I don't remember a bum or a crossdresser. Come to think of it I don't recall any crossdressers on CBSRMT. There was a cross dresser one... It had something to do with a man pretending to be a woman to collect insurance money, I think. He fooled a neighbor, or an apartment manager, I think. Robert Morse doing a great job on that. I suspect he was purposefully cast for the role. He made his voice all high pitched and joked with a friend, or someone about it.

Jim B

It's really far fetched but I enjoy it nonetheless.

Todd

I remember Robert Morse doing a great job on that. I suspect he was purposefully cast for the role.

Frank

I will listen to it again. I remember that voice annoyed me, so I skipped it, but I will listen to it this time.

Robert

Robert Morse on this episode and a character with the last name Draper on the previous one. If you've watched the Mad Men tv series, then you know what I'm talking about. In E.G. Marshall's voice, "Probably coincidence...or is it?"

Rock

Perfect sound quality—perhaps one of the best in this series—a fun little story, and not only all the great commercials but also a lengthy Watergate news report. Makes me feel young again. :)  

EmKay

Every time I see Earl Hammond's huge glasses it is such a big reminder of how long ago these episodes aired and how modern elderly men thought they were after giving up the hair oil and black framed glasses of just a few years before.

Kurly

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. I really wanted to rate this 5 stars for EXCELLENT because the story was well-crafted and the acting was flawless. But the one error in this, was our Host’s Epilogue: it’s missing!?! In E.G. Marshall’s Prologue, he starts the show off by saying, “Welcome to the world of suspense. Imagination. A world where nothing is impossible and everything is fool-proof.” Perfect intro. In ACT-1, introducing our main character, his location on New York’s West Side, and see how well he pulls it off with his new identity. In ACT-2, seeing if our main character can continue with his plan as a Con Artist/Actor. In ACT-3, the plan had failed and E.G. Marshall’s lesson in this mystery story is, “Always be yourself.” Decent and suitable narrations, but the Epilogue was cut out. Who knows what E.G. Marshall said when this was aired in 1974. Sound effects of the footsteps, doors, restaurant music, citizens murmuring in the backgrounds, traffic noise, chairs, dialing public telephone, piano music, money in the pocket, screeching of the subway train, and signing forms were very supportive. And the music was superb. Perfect tunes that made this Drama-Mystery suspenseful. As I said in the beginning, this story was well-crafted. A delightful tale, written by Bob Juhren, that not only captures the listeners’ attention, but an important episode that defines CBSRMT like #0921-THE GREY SLAPPER (written by Sam Dann), and #0167-THE BLACK ROOM (by Elspeth Eric). And the best part of all, was our flawless cast: Robert Morse (as Peter Vincent/Tina Vincent), Michael Tolan (as Murray Wilcox and Hank), Bryna Raeburn (as Mrs. Gretch and the Saleswoman), Dan Ocko (as Harry Watson and Richard Stevens), and Earl Hammond (as the Bum and Sergeant David). Flawless, because they played their parts to a T! And the best was Robert Morse who performed with a masculine voice and with a feminine voice. It was the role he was destined to play. This episode should’ve been made into a play, a TV episode, or even a movie. This is worth checking out! SPECIAL BONUS: this has Nostalgic commercials of Kellogg's Special K cereal, Suburban Savings, “Rambling with Gambling” hosted by John Gambling from W.O.R. radio, Buick Cars, Shop Right Supermarket, Anheuser-Busch Budweiser, T.W.A. (Trans World Airlines), the Jean Shepard Show, Sine-Off Sinus medicine, 7Up with Goldilocks, Buick dealerships, Cheryl Henry on the topic of Paranoia, and the CBS News reports on the Nixon Impeachment and the Watergate Investigation. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)

Russell


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