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Hell Toupee 

Defense attorney Harry Ballentine is understandably nervous when his client is mild-mannered accountant Murray Bernstein - who after investing in a strange toupee had felt compelled to murder the first lawyer he saw. Harry goes after it.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

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Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 3 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Tony Kienitz Tony Kienitz ... Harry
Cindy Morgan ... Beth
Stanley Brock ... Mitchell
Gary Allen Gary Allen ... Mr. Simon
James Avery ... Chief Hansen
Mitch Kreindel Mitch Kreindel ... Floyd King
Ken Olfson ... Clifford Monroe
E. Hampton Beagle E. Hampton Beagle ... Murray Bernstein
Fredric Cook ... Officer Schmidt
Cal Gibson ... Guard
Jonathan Luria Jonathan Luria ... Officer Montgomery (as Joanathan Luria)
Thomas F. Maguire Thomas F. Maguire ... Guard
John McCook ... M.C.
Robert Tessier ... Woodsman
Jack Wells Jack Wells ... Mr. Zahl
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Defense attorney Harry Ballentine is understandably nervous when his client is mild-mannered accountant Murray Bernstein - who after investing in a strange toupee had felt compelled to murder the first lawyer he saw. Harry goes after it.

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror IX (1998) See more »

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Really dumb....but this is NOT a criticism!
23 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The show begins with a novice lawyer talking to his client in prison. It seems that a week ago, the killer was just a normal guy and he has no idea what drove him to kill. Only after repeated similar cases does this lawyer put it all together--they common thread is a killer toupee that makes them murder lawyers!!

I am not a big fan of "Amazing Stories". As I re-watch the shows, I see a distinct problem with the writing. For every excellent episode, you'll find a half dozen that really stink. Sometimes the problem is that the show SHOULD be scary but instead it comes off like a kids' show--and a silly one at that. However, a big exception to this is "Hell Toupee"--it's VERY silly and not the least bit scary AND yet it is very funny and worth seeing. I think this is because the concept is so incredibly silly and the show never tries to be anything else but silly. In fact, it's such a cute episode that I am not surprised that "The Simpsons" 'borrowed' the idea for one of their "Treehouse of Horror" episodes--the one where Snake is executed and they make a toupee of his hair! Overall, this show is one of the best--silly but all in good fun.


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English

Release Date:

13 April 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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