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An American journalist meets a soccer star while traveling behind the Iron Curtain, but then is arrested as a suspected smuggler.


Justus Addiss


Andrew Solt (teleplay)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Claire Trevor ... Mary Prescott
Jacques Bergerac ... Jan Gubak
Werner Klemperer ... Professor / Captain Greisham
Peter van Eyck ... Officer (as Peter Van Eyck)
John Banner ... Train Conductor
Konstantin Shayne ... Customs Officer
Ralph Manza ... Waiter


American journalist Mary Prescott is returning from a trip to a Communist state behind the Iron Curtain, traveling with a letter of safe conduct from that nation's President. Riding on the same train is Jan Gubak, captain of the country's soccer team and a national hero. Gubak visits the journalist in her compartment, asks her to dinner, and later persuades her to take a watch across the border for him, telling her that he plans to sell it to pay for an operation for his sister. She is then shocked when, at the border, Gubak himself reports her as a smuggler. She undergoes interrogation, while trying to determine whether there is anyone she can trust. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

19 February 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Werner Klemperer and John Banner, European Jews from Germany and Austria, respectively; would later appear together in Hogan's Heroes (1965). Werner was the son of acclaimed composer-conductor Otto Klemperer and came from Köln, Germany. Johann Banner came from Vienna, Austria. See more »


All of the Europeans say "soccer", whereas in reality Europeans call the sport "football". See more »

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26 January 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

An entry that builds suspense based on Cold War themes. Journalist Trevor is returning to the West by train from high-level trip to Soviet bloc nation. On train she meets hunky soccer star Bergerac who convinces her to smuggle costly ring past border guards so he can use it to pay for sister's operation. His charm convinces her. But then, surprise, surprise, he exposes her effort to border guards. Now she's in big trouble. So what the heck's going on since he seemed so sincere.

This is one of few series entries with a political subtext, and understandably so. After all, politics raises its own issues aside from suspense the series traded on. Fortunately, the communist officials are portrayed as recognizably human, an unusual event for the deep Cold War year 1956. That way their humanized presence contributes to the suspense instead of competing.

I love that sequence when Bergerac suddenly asks whether he can buy some of Trevor's underwear. It's dropped in so abruptly, we're as startled as Trevor. Something of a Rock Hudson look-alike, I'm surprised Bergerac didn't score more in Hollywood. Anyway, it's quite a suspenseful episode with a somewhat satisfying upshot.

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