Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 5, Episode 25

The Little Man Who Was There (3 Apr. 1960)

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Jamie and Ben McMahon have brought a civilized attitude to a rough and tumble mining town. Although both strongmen in their own rights, they preach brotherly love and turning the other ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
The Little Man
Jamie McMahon
Read Morgan ...
Ben McMahon
Robert Armstrong ...
Clegg Hoyt ...
Mike Ragan ...
Frank Christi ...
Slot Machine Player
Roscoe Ates ...
Piano Player (as Rosco Ates)


Jamie and Ben McMahon have brought a civilized attitude to a rough and tumble mining town. Although both strongmen in their own rights, they preach brotherly love and turning the other cheek. One day, in walks the Little Man, a strange little fellow who challenges the McMahons and says that his powers are far greater than theirs. To the shock of everyone present, he proves his point and the local folk think they are dealing with the devil incarnate. There is however, far more to this than meets the eye. Written by garykmcd

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3 April 1960 (USA)  »

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Don't Call It "Demon Rum"
25 June 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Clever little diversion showing once again why the series lasted as long as it did. The setting is a roistering frontier mining town. Two over-muscled strong men (Arch Johnson & Reed Morgan) have reformed the town's barbaric ways by bringing the message of brotherly love to the local saloon, along with intimidating feats of strength. In short, no one wants to argue with the two Herculean gospel preachers.

Then into their midst arrives an unlikely little man in a top hat speaking in flowery phrases (Norman Lloyd). He's scrawny and anything but physically intimidating, but he's got an imperious manner that is over-awing. So when he throws down smoke and fire from his hand and cackles demonically, we know the preachers have met their match. But how will it play out?

Lloyd is excellent as the demon, totally convincing in a manner that carries the episode. Then too, the audience can't be sure where events will lead since the story and setting are unusual for the series. The ending too is likely to bring a chuckle. All in all an unusual entry, and showcase for a surprisingly effective actor, as well as producer.

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