Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 1 Episode 31

The Gentleman from America

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Apr 29, 1956 on CBS
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The Gentleman from America
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Howard Latimer accepts a peculiar bet: to spend the night at a supposedly haunted manor.

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  • An American visitor agrees to spend a night in a "haunted" house.

    7.5
    Michael Arlen's famous story, concerning an American in England who, for a dare, stays overnight in an allegedly haunted house and is driven permanently mad by the experience, is not done as vividly as it might have been. The plot still works, but some rather more charismatic actors (and a slightly longer running time?) might have made it memorable. Also, American TV, in the days of heavy censorship, seems not to have wanted to make the story quite as nasty as it undoubtedly is. Still, the denouement - where we eventually realise that the private house in which the story is related is actually a lunatic asylum - is quite powerful.moreless
Biff McGuire

Biff McGuire

Howard Latimer

Guest Star

Eric Snowden

Eric Snowden

Hanson

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Geoffrey Steele

Geoffrey Steele

Man

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Ralph Clanton

Ralph Clanton

Sir Stephen Hurstwood

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Hurstwood hands the gun to Latimer he tells him, "You have seven shots in all." Latimer, however, fires the gun nine times - once into the fireplace and eight more times when he's alone in the room.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening. Do you believe in ghosts? Of course not. I know you didn't. Noise is the mortal enemy of good motion picture making and television broadcasting. That is why I hired this particular house. It is deathly quiet. (People scream off camera) Most of the time. And it's reputation for being haunted keeps away the curious. The shifting of scenery also seems to be better here. The human element has been removed. So, if you would just lean back and relax, I'll tell you a little ghost story. Please don't hesitate to turn out your lights. I'm sure the warm glow from the picture tube, will be sufficient to melt all your fears of the dark. But before we view with alarm allow us to point with pride.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Alfred Hitchcock: And just because a silly girl lost her head over some imaginary noises years before. Apparently some people can't read. (He turns to a sign that says "quiet", while noises can be heard off camera.) It's all right. just a young lady who needs help to put the chains on her car. I'll be back shortly. Meanwhile, considering the gravity of our next announcement, I think this is more appropriate. (He flips the "quiet" sign, now it reads "Think". Fades to commercial)
      Alfred Hitchcock: A very interesting experience. It's been years since I saw a Stutz Bearcat. Now for a few posthumous announcements. The bullets used on tonight's program were made with new enriched gunpowder. Furs by Feline. Tonight's guests were flow to Hollywood by the world's oldest airlines. (A broom stick appears.) Next week, we shall fly some more in, if space is available. Until then, good night.

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