Tales of the Unexpected

Season 2 Episode 11

The Umbrella Man

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Aired Unknown May 10, 1980 on ITV
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The Umbrella Man
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A smart old man in a London street, claiming he needs his taxi fare home on a wet afternoon, persuades a stranger to buy his silk umbrella for much less than its value. Followed into a pub, it turns out that the Umbrella Man actually spends the money on a large whisky. What is going on?moreless

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      • Roald Dahl: It is very seldom that a short story writer is able to make anything worth while out of an incident that actually happened, but this story is one of the rare exceptions. I myself met the umbrella man on a street in New York City and I followed him just as in the story and I was delighted and amazed by what I found. I must confess to you that I tried the same experiment myself a few days later to see if it really worked and it did. I only hope that on the next rainy day that comes along we wont have thousands of you going out and doing the same thing. It would cause chaos in the land.

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