Oct 25, 2020
The Pitchman (Don Lapre)
53 min

A multi-level marketing salesman advertises his get-rich-quick schemes on television and becomes the "King of Infomercials."

Prelude: The founder of a nutrition company is suspected in the mysterious death of his wife.

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