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The Hit Man
A chance meeting with the wife of his next victim changes the mindset of a hired gun.
Air Dates:
First Run - August 1, 1974
Repeat - October 2, 1974
Repeat - April 18, 1980
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14 Responses to Episode 0126

Interesting episode with an unexpected twist. The ending was not very happy though.

Definitely one of my favorite CBSRMT episodes so far. Well-written/well-acted, with a surprise ending that I never saw coming...

I hate the stories that end like this!

I have to agree with Mike. Terrific acting on the part of all, so that I did NOT expect the ending whatsoever. Loved the voice of Derry especially!

A hit man is hired to kill a gangsters competitor. The hit man has a heart and looks for a way to avoid the killing but things aren't as they seem and could backfire.

A hitman has a change of heart after meeting his intended victim's wife. However, his mercy comes back to haunt him.

A hitman is hired to take out a bookie who has gone into business for himself, thus taking profits away from his boss, who has hired the hitman. He does so partly to support his handicapped wife who apparently broke her back after an argument in which her husband critically injured her. The hitman takes pity on the beautiful woman and bargains to stage a phony murder to satisfy the boss, and allowe the two to escape. Surely such kindness and compassion will be handsomely rewarded. But this is CBSRMT…

The hit man DID commit crimes, though. Desecration of a corpse. And fraud: he took money from a mob boss under false pretenses. Still sad ending for him.

This is a fantastic episode--5 stars. 2 aspects of the writing and acting made this episode distinct. First, the starring role was a hit man for the mob. So crafty was the writing that you actually end up cheering for the unsavory killer. Earl Hammond, who played the part of the hitman did a great job gaining the listeners' trust as a "good guy." The second distinction was the ending. The true "bad guy" in this episode is a shocker.

A very good episode. Interesting how quickly they get you to root for the "bad guy" and feel sorry for him at the end (even though you probably shouldn't for all the things he's probably gotten away with). Both the husband and wife were good actors, he saying how he's devoted to taking care of her and she saying how wonderful he is for doing so (not to mention her act in front of the police). In the end you don't feel too bad for the husband from what we find out about him nor bad about the wife as we know what she's truly capable of. Completely turns your idea of good/bad around.

What happened to the car with the burned corpse in it ?

Great episode. I recall this story played out during an episode of Alfred Hitchcock presents. Eventually, the police will have to reconcile the issue of the other corpse that was burned in the car. When they investigate, they will find that the hit man told the truth and the wife will be arrested. The story would have been better if the hit man had fallen in love with the victim's wife and then was jilted by her at the end.

I'd like to add one of my personal favorites 'The Hit Man' (#126) to the list, please--it was the only episode starring Mike Kellin, who I think had a terrific radio voice...

one of my personal favorites 'The Hit Man' please--it was the only episode starring Mike Kellin, who I think had a terrific radio voice...

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