In a Las Vegas casino, an unpleasant little man hopes to use a young man's wish to impress the young woman he has just met to pressure the young fellow into accepting a macabre bet.



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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Neile Adams ...
Katherine Squire ...
Carlos' Wife
Tyler McVey ...
Phil Gordon ...


Peter Lorre makes a bet with Steve McQueen that Steve McQueen can't light his cigarette lighter ten times in a row. If he does, he wins Peter Lorre's new car. if he doesn't, Peter Lorre gets to chop off Steve McQeen's little pinky. Written by John Adams

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Release Date:

3 January 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Neile Adams, who plays the woman that the Gambler (Steve McQueen) meets in the bar, was married to McQueen when this episode was made. See more »


Moving shadow of boom mic is visible on curtain behind McQueen right after he is asked "You ready?" by the referee. See more »


Carlos: I need four things for it. I need some uh, some nails.
Bellhop: Some nails yes sir.
Carlos: A hammer.
Bellhop: A hammer?
Carlos: And I need a length of good strong cord. And uh, a chopping knife.
Bellhop: A what sir?
Carlos: A chopping knife that you can borrow from the kitchen.
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Referenced in Four Rooms (1995) See more »

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A convertible for a little finger...
10 September 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Well, this one surely is a QUEER entry in the great TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" - but nonetheless, it's certainly VERY much in the way of the great master's suspense, and humor! (The story is from Roald Dahl, so that should give keen mystery readers an idea about what's expecting us...)

In Las Vegas one morning, a sympathetic but all too cocksure young guy (Steve McQueen) meets a young girl and starts flirting with her, using his lighter that 'never misses', as he assures her, as the first thing that comes to his mind to attract her attention - but it also attracts the attention of a VERY strange man in every way (played by none other than the great Peter Lorre), who invites the lad to a bet: if his 'lighter that never misses' will light ten times in a row, he's going to win the stranger's brand new convertible - BUT if it doesn't, he'll chop off the little finger of the youngster's left hand... And what does the young fellow do to show his courage and self-assurance (especially to the girl, of course...)? He accepts the bet. And so they all go up to the strange man's room, where the boy has got his lighter ready - and the stranger a butcher's knife...

We certainly can't deny that Hitch has got us sweating and biting our nails once again, and the minutes, even the seconds seem like hours - but you SURE need a good sense of humor to take in all the twists and turns of this crazy episode! Anyway, for real fans of suspense and irony, this will be a REAL treat...

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