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:
Himself - Host
Neile Adams ...
Katherine Squire ...
Carlos' Wife
Tyler McVey ...
Marc Cavell ...
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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3 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(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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Version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Pilot (1985) See more »

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6 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steve McQueen and Peter Lorre star in this subversive little horror tale from the pen of Roald Dahl. Lorre and McQueen meet in a casino restaurant., and a casual boast by McQueen about his cigarette lighter leads to a grim be: If McQueen can make his lighter work 10 times in row, Lorre will hand him the keys to his car. If he fails, Lorre gets to chop off McQueen's pinky. Veteran director Norman Lloyd milks this baby for all the suspense it was worth. Lorre is suitably creepy, and McQueen demonstrates the casual charm that would stand him in good stead in the years ahead. The only sour note is struck by the actress who plays McQueen's new gal pal. She is rather odd-looking and can barely handle her lines. Surprise! She was McQueen's wife at the time.

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