Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 7, Episode 39

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1962)

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A magician takes a simple-minded runaway under his wing. But the magician's wife has a sinister idea for the manipulable young man.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
David J. Stewart ...
Larry Kert ...


The Great Sadini finds a young man passed out from hunger on the carnival grounds and takes him inside to his trailer. The boy, Hugo, proves to be simple. His first thought on waking is that he is dead and that Sadini and his wife are the devil and an angel. He's nearly right -- but he has the roles reversed. Sadini's compassion prompts him to take the kid under his wing and teach him about magic. The wife's cold heart leads her to beg the manipulable boy to commit murder. Written by J. Spurlin

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Nearly became a "lost episode" when a sponsor deemed it unsuitable. It was subsequently never given a network airing, and it was not seen by television viewers until the series got sold into syndication. See more »


[first lines]
Sadini: Hey, wake up. This is no place to sleep. Come on, wake up. You'll freeze to death.
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References Fantasia (1940) See more »


The Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314)
Written by Johann Strauß
  • carnival music heard at the beginning of the story

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Goodnight, Irene
19 August 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Carnival magician David J. Stewart (as Victor Sadini) finds dim-witted Brandon de Wilde (as Hugo) outside his Toledo trailer, and takes him in for some warm milk. When Mr. de Wilde awakens, he reveals he's run away from "the home", and is very hungry. De Wilde immediately takes a liking to Mr. Stewart's seductive blonde assistant, Diana Dors (as Irene), who is having an affair with trapeze artist Larry Kert (as George Morris). Gullible de Wilde sees Mr. Stewart saw Ms. Dors in half, and decides he'd like to be a magician, too. Meanwhile, Dors plots to do away her devilish husband, and run away with the muscular Mr. Kert…

This was produced in 1961, to air as a regular half hour episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" - but TV stations reportedly wouldn't run "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". And, it's easy to see why.

Robert Bloch's story is completely unacceptable for 1960s network television. The ending is particularly unairable. This, of course, makes it one of the episodes you must see (second to those episodes actually directed by Mr. Hitchcock). Hitchcock's bracketing comments are priceless. "Irene was beside herself," he surmises. She's a scream. De Wilde has fun with the lead role; the kid from "Shane", he was in the midst of some well-received young adult film roles. Writer Bloch was a Hitchcock favorite, contributing not only high quality teleplays, but also "Psycho".

******* The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1961) Alfred Hitchcock : Joseph Lejtes ~ Diana Dors, Brandon de Wilde, David J. Stewart, Larry Kert

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