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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 ... Himself - 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


Carlos (Peter Lorre) makes a bet with a gambler (Steve McQueen) that the gambler can't light his cigarette lighter ten times in a row. If he does, he wins Carlos' new car. if he doesn't, Carlos gets to chop off the gambler's little pinky. Written by John Adams

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Release Date:

3 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Did You Know?


Neile Adams, who plays the woman that the Gambler (Steve McQueen) meets in the bar, was married to McQueen when this episode was made. See more »


Moving shadow of boom mic is visible on curtain behind McQueen right after he is asked "You ready?" by the referee. See more »


Carlos: I need four things for it. I need some uh, some nails.
Bellhop: Some nails yes sir.
Carlos: A hammer.
Bellhop: A hammer?
Carlos: And I need a length of good strong cord. And uh, a chopping knife.
Bellhop: A what sir?
Carlos: A chopping knife that you can borrow from the kitchen.
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Version of Cameo Theatre: The Man from the South (1955) See more »

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It Can Only Happen In Las Vegas
16 October 2018 | by jasonbourneagainSee all my reviews

The story lures the viewer in quickly. It's early morning and a young pretty woman (Neile Adams, Steve McQueen's real life wife at the time) is down to her last drink and orders a brandy at a Las Vegas casino cocktail lounge. She takes a sip and her shoe falls off. A down on his luck young gambler (Steve McQueen) helps her retrieve her shoe and makes conversation. He offers to have coffee and breakfast with his last $1.86 and she decides to join him. While he lights her cigarette, a strange little man named Carlos (Peter Lorre) interrupts to get a light for his cigarette. He buts into their meeting and leads their conversation into the man's lighter. He tells the couple that he's rich and has in mind a strange wager of his expensive sports car for something the young man has. The young man tells him he only has $1.86 and a casino chip, but that's not what he has in mind. Another stranger who overhears their strange bet can't help but get involved. I can see Peter Lorre doing his strange laugh after making the proposition. 9/10 stars.

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