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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It's All in the Wand
17 June 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Writer Robert Bloch may not have had much artistic finesse, but he sure knew how to compose good gimmicky horror stories. This is one of them. Slow-witted Brandon de Wilde hooks on with a traveling carnival show, where trollopy Diana Dors and her magician husband take advantage of his trusting nature. Trouble is that Dors is two-timing her husband with acrobat Larry Kirt, and decides to use de Wilde to get rid of the inconvenient husband. That would be fine for them, except mentally-challenged de Wilde really does believe in magic. The ending is deliciously appropriate.

Dors appears to be bursting out of her bodice and is perfectly cast as the husband's buxom stage prop. De Wilde spreads it on pretty thick, looking as if he's having a good time playing the exaggerated Hugo. At the same time, Kirt shows why he needed to stick to Broadway dancing. Production does a nice job of suggesting tacky carnival atmosphere. But all this is really beside the point, since the story here is the thing, and a good ironical one it is.

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