Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1, Episode 31

The Gentleman from America (29 Apr. 1956)

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Rich American Howard Lattimer visits London, and bets 1000 pounds that he can spend the night in a room that is said to be haunted.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Biff McGuire ...
Howard Latimer
Ralph Clanton ...
Sir Stephen Hurstwood
John Irving ...
Eric Snowden ...
Hanson (as Eric Snowdon)
Geoffrey Steele ...
John Alderson ...
John Dodsworth ...
Sonia Torgeson ...
Jan Chaney ...


In 1940, a rich American named Latimer is visiting a club in England. Sir Stephen, a gambler deep in debt, befriends Latimer in the hope of winning some money from him. With the help of his friend Derek, Sir Stephen tells Latimer about a ghost that supposedly haunts a manor home that Sir Stephen owns. The ghost is supposed to appear and threaten anyone who tries to spend the night in a certain room of the house. Latimer agrees to bet 1000 pounds that he can make it through the night, and they agree on the terms. Latimer suspects that the two Englishmen plan some sort of trick, and he prepares himself accordingly. Written by Snow Leopard

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29 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Hurstwood hands a gun to Latimer and tells him, "You have seven shots, in all." However, Latimer fires the gun nine times - once into the fireplace and eight more times when he's alone in the room. See more »

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The Old Haunted House
20 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What happens when you set a guy up properly to expect a ghost? Or set him up to suspect that the people with whom he has bet a great deal of money will try to scare him away. Two men, badly in need of money, hanging around a fancy men's club, trick a rich American into betting with them. They bet a thousand pounds he cannot spend the night in a haunted mansion. They give him a gun, a candle, and one match. They also leave a book with a scary story of two sisters in it. One thing leads to another and the man is led to hysteria. What happens next is the true issue in this story. How does he handle being scared out of his wits. This is during war time and the forces at work don't meet again for five years. See this. it's a good psychological study, although it is a bit predictable.

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