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Man from the South 

In a Las Vegas casino, an unpleasant little man hopes to use a young man's wish to impress the young woman he has just met to pressure the young fellow into accepting a macabre bet.


Norman Lloyd


William Fay (teleplay by), Roald Dahl (story by)




Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Steve McQueen ... Gambler
Peter Lorre ... Carlos
Neile Adams ... Woman
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Carlos' Wife
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Referee
Marc Cavell ... Bellhop
Phil Gordon ... Bartender


A man (Peter Lorre) bets a gambler (Steve McQueen) a gambler he can't light his cigarette lighter ten times consecutively. If he wins, the man gives him his new car. if he doesn't, the cost isn't in money. Written by John Adams

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This episode was remade as one of the segments in the film Four Rooms (1995), which was directed by Quentin Tarantino. See more »


Supposedly, the gambler accepts the bet without actually looking at Carlos' convertible first, the same convertible the gambler would win if his cigarette lighter lights ten times without missing. See more »


Carlos: [in a Las Vegas cocktail lounge, proposing the stakes of a bet] Well, I'm thinking of some small thing that you could afford to give away, and if you lose, why, you won't have to feel so bad - such as the little finger on your left hand.
Gambler: My what?
Carlos: Is that so strange? He wins - he takes the car. I win - I take his finger. Is that so strange?
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A convertible for a little finger...
10 September 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

Well, this one surely is a QUEER entry in the great TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" - but nonetheless, it's certainly VERY much in the way of the great master's suspense, and humor! (The story is from Roald Dahl, so that should give keen mystery readers an idea about what's expecting us...)

In Las Vegas one morning, a sympathetic but all too cocksure young guy (Steve McQueen) meets a young girl and starts flirting with her, using his lighter that 'never misses', as he assures her, as the first thing that comes to his mind to attract her attention - but it also attracts the attention of a VERY strange man in every way (played by none other than the great Peter Lorre), who invites the lad to a bet: if his 'lighter that never misses' will light ten times in a row, he's going to win the stranger's brand new convertible - BUT if it doesn't, he'll chop off the little finger of the youngster's left hand... And what does the young fellow do to show his courage and self-assurance (especially to the girl, of course...)? He accepts the bet. And so they all go up to the strange man's room, where the boy has got his lighter ready - and the stranger a butcher's knife...

We certainly can't deny that Hitch has got us sweating and biting our nails once again, and the minutes, even the seconds seem like hours - but you SURE need a good sense of humor to take in all the twists and turns of this crazy episode! Anyway, for real fans of suspense and irony, this will be a REAL treat...

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3 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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