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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Biff McGuire ...
Howard Latimer
Ralph Clanton ...
Sir Stephen Hurstwood
John Irving ...
Derek
Eric Snowden ...
Hanson (as Eric Snowdon)
Geoffrey Steele ...
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John Alderson ...
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John Dodsworth ...
Calender
Sonia Torgeson ...
Geraldine
Jan Chaney ...
Julia
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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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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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bad choice
5 November 2009 | by (Porto, Portugal) – See all my reviews

This is not one of the examples of the series. In fact, the failure of this episode probably highlights how thin is, in this kind of story, the difference between a pleasant awkward episode, and just a cheesy goofy nonsense.

What i do notice as a dominant fact to much of the episodes is that we are always allowed to define the degree of human manipulation or super natural unexplained events that take place (or that is revealed to us). So, in this case, we suspect the American is being manipulated, but we also wonder whether we are being manipulated as well. The plot is predictable, but it leaves some shadows, which might be enough for us to wonder enough to feel in doubt. Is there a real ghost? Would the manipulators fall in their own trap and be caught in the middle of something they didn't understand? Would the American over top his deceivers and come out with something more clever? Well, apparently they chose the dullest solution. The American does exactly what is intended by the money chasers, everything is according to the book (not the one he reads, i wish it was according to that). We have a minor twist, of finding out what happened to the American after the night in the mansion, but instead of fun irony, they moralize. Bad choice, to me.

So it fails in the plot, and to me it fails in the building of the tension in the ghost house. That has to do with direction, but also probably due to the ghost itself, which is laughable by today's production standards, so it is badly dated.

My opinion: 1/5

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