The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The McGregor Affair (1964)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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The infamous story of 19th century grave robbers Burke and Hare is given a new slant in this episode, told from the point-of-view of dimwitted Scottish laborer John McGregor (Andrew Duggan). In order to provide gin money for his sodden wife, Aggie (Elsa Lanchester), McGregor takes a job hauling what he thinks are boxes of tanbark to the Edinburgh Medical Academy. Eventually, McGregor figures out that those boxes actually contain the remains of those unfortunate souls who have been murdered by grave robbers Burke (Arthur Malet) and Hare (Michael Pate), who then sell the corpses for dissection purposes to a Dr. Knox (John Hoyt). Rather than summon the authorities, McGregor decides to use the grave robbers in a hastily improvised scheme to rid himself of his alcoholic spouse.