William Botibol is a compulsive gambler. While on a cruise he enters a betting pool to guess the number of miles the ship will travel in the course of twenty four hours. William gains some ... See full summary »

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William Botibol
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Mrs. Renshaw
Philip Bourneuf ...
Mr. Renshaw
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Ethel Botibol
Doreen Lang ...
Emily
Ralph Clanton ...
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Doris Lloyd ...
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Ashley Cowan ...
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Owen Cunningham ...
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Barry Harvey ...
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Michael Hadlow ...
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Margaret Curtis ...
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Judith Brian ...
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William Hughes ...
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William Botibol is a compulsive gambler. While on a cruise he enters a betting pool to guess the number of miles the ship will travel in the course of twenty four hours. William gains some inside information when he learns that the ship is going to slow down to avoid an upcoming storm. Unfortunately, the storm passes, and the ship continues to speed on its course. He decides to force the ship to slow down by throwing himself overboard. He figures that when word gets out of someone going overboard the ship will slow down to get him. He picks out a witness and jumps overboard. The witness doesn't say a word. She's mentally ill and does not alert anyone to Williams' plight. Written by Anonymous

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1 June 1958 (USA)  »

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This is the only episode where Alfred Hitchcock actually had a cameo (not counting his opening remarks). See more »

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Version of Uit de wereld van Roald Dahl: Een frisse duik (1975) See more »

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Sometimes They Ran Out of Ideas
6 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I still don't really understand the contest. Keenan Wynn plays big shot as he and his wife luxuriate aboard the Alfred Hitchcock, an ocean liner. She is really excited about all the historical places they will visit, the beauty spots of Europe. He is interested in gambling, drinking, showing off, and indulging himself. He wears an ugly, checkered sport coat and unknowingly embarrassed himself in front of the other more wealthy passengers. The couple has a really limited budget which he is already dissipating by overtipping waiters and buying expensive drinks. One night he finds out about a pool, where the heavy hitters bet on the distance the ship travels on a single day. He makes a huge bet, even by the standards of the more wealthy, and uses up just about every cent they have. He must then figure out a way to fix things. His solution couldn't get much stupider and there's the rub. By the way, Faye Wray appears in this episode without King Kong.


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