Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 5 Episode 15

Man from the South

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jan 03, 1960 on CBS
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Man from the South
An intriguing bet is accepted by an out-of-luck gambler.

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  • If you lost your little finger, would you really miss it?

    Roald Dahl's famous story about a gambling addict who collects severed human fingers is done just about as well as you could want in this version. A young Steve McQueen, getting very near stardom, plays a fellow whose efforts to impress a girl with his posh cigarette lighter leads him into coversation with a slightly strange foreign gentleman, the "man from the south". Peter Lorre has a wonderful time playing this affable oddball with a manic gleam in his eye. Can the lighter light every time, ten times in a row? Sure, says McQueen. But is he prepared to bet his little finger - against a new sports car - to prove this? An extra twist in the last moments may send you to bed trembling...moreless

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Alfred Hitchcock: (Opening Narration) (standing at a gambling booth) Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the land of two-dollar windows and quarter-horses. Racing has been called the sport of kings, but here at the two-dollar window, I've men relatively few of them. (turns to see a man placing a bet for 'Show') Well, apparently, there's no business like 'show' business. And speaking of 'shows', we have one following the next race. Those of you who wish to bet me still do so. Naturally, I can't give you any tips, but there's one entry that has been timed at just one minute flat. (a bell rings as Hitchcock looks off-camera) Ah, there he is now. (looks through binoculars as we fade to commercial)
      Alfred Hitchcock: (Closing narration) Now you know how Venus de Milo got the way she is. By the time the poor old girl won an automobile, it was impossible for her to drive it. Of late, there's been a great deal of talk about 'pay-television.' Actually, most of us already have it. And here is the gentleman who makes us pay. (fade to commercial) I'm not sure what to say. That last commercial left me completely underwhelmed. Perhaps I should simply bid you adieu until next week when my, um...sponsor and I shall return with another story. Good night.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode is based on the short story "Man from the South" by Roald Dahl. This story was first published in Colliers (1948).

    • 1959 Emmy Nomination: This episode garnered Edward W. Williams an emmy nomination for Outstanding Acievement in Film Editing for Television.


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