In the Civil War, Union soldiers are about to hang a defiant Confederate planter from a bridge, for sabotage. The noose is placed around his neck, but the rope breaks and he plummets from ... See full summary »

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In the Civil War, Union soldiers are about to hang a defiant Confederate planter from a bridge, for sabotage. The noose is placed around his neck, but the rope breaks and he plummets from the bridge into a river. Dazed, he swims the rapids downstream, while the soldiers fire at him. He clambers on a river bank, and excitedly starts his journey back to his family plantation. Written by David Stevens

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2 Versions - Hitchcock & Twilight Zone
15 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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I had first seen the French film version that was shown on the Twilight Zone in their 5th season. The Twilight Zone licensed the 1962 short-film version for 2 airings for $10 000, a fraction of what they were spending to produce episodes at the time and it helped them to tighten their budget as they were nearing end of that season. It won an award at Cannes. I had no idea and was surprised to see this telling of the story on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The French version had nearly no dialog whatsoever, the story being told visually for the most part. Perhaps slightly more artistic but I thought this Hitchcock version was well acted and gripping.

Based on the short story by Ambrose Bierce, journalist and war writer who later mysteriously disappeared (perhaps adding to the mystique). Highly recommended, and not just for mystery show fans...


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