A young American couple on holiday meet a mysterious old gentleman who makes them a macabre wager.

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A young American couple on holiday meet a mysterious old gentleman who makes them a macabre wager.

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24 March 1979 (UK)  »

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A solid beginning to a great series.
8 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While holidaying in Jamaica, a young American couple, Tommy and Cathy make the acquaintance of a smartly dressed, unusual man Carlos, and his new acquaintance Rawlsden. The conversation begins simply surrounding Tommy's American lighter, Carlos soon wagers Tommy that if his lighter strikes on ten consecutive occasions he will give him his Jaguar (Car,) wagered against Tommy's little finger on his left hand. The party of four visit Carlos's Jaguar to check its authenticity, and the wager begins.

The Man from the South is a solid opener I'd say, it's far from my favourite story, but it does boast some good elements, the fact that it was entirely filmed out in Jamaica adds to the appearance, no dodgy set designs in Britain. I love the performance of Jose Ferrer in particular, he's so creepy and yet so matter of fact about his wager. Cyril Luckham is well cast, so often cast as the villain as the peace, it's great to see him as a sympathetic character.

It's good, but when you compare it to some of the awesome episodes to come it's just that, good. 6/10


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