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Four classic Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) episodes, "Incident in a Small Jail", "Man from the South", "Bang. You're Dead!" and "An Unlocked Window", have been remade for the new show's pilot.


Steve De Jarnatt (as Steve DeJarnatt), Randa Haines | 2 more credits »


Joel Oliansky (teleplay), Henry Slesar (story and original teleplay) | 9 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Beatty ... Larry Broome (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
Lee Ving ... Curt Venner (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Sheriff Noakes (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
John Shearin ... Roker (segment "Incident In A Small Jail")
Arthur Taxier ... Skelly (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
Walter Klenhard Walter Klenhard ... Gas Station Attendant (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
Gene Ross ... Max Spaulding (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
Richard Lineback ... Billy (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
Jerry Curtin Jerry Curtin ... Mob Member (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
Cynthia Hartley Cynthia Hartley ... Young Girl (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
John Huston ... Carlos / Narrator (segment "Man from the South")
Melanie Griffith ... Girl (segment "Man from the South")
Steven Bauer ... Gambler (segment "Man From The South")
Tippi Hedren ... Waitress (segment "Man from the South")
Kim Novak ... Rosa (segment "Man from the South")


Four episodes are remakes of the original episodes from the original "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" series. In the first, "Incident in a Small Jail", a mild-mannered traveling businessman is pulled over for speeding in a small town where he is locked up in a jail with a murder suspect which takes another turn when a vigilante mob lays siege to the place. In "Man from the South" a gambler in Las Vegas accepts a bet with a mysterious old southern man, that he can light his cigarette lighter 10 times and if he misses one light, the man from the south will chop off the gambler's little finger on his right hand. In "Bang! You're Dead!" a little girl takes her visiting uncle's .38 caliber revolver and goes around pointing it at people and yelling "bang" in which she eventually loads with real bullets. In "An Unlocked Window" two nurses spend a terrifying night in a secluded large house in the country while there's a serial killer on the loose. Written by Matthew Patay

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5 May 1985 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bill Mumy, who played "Jackie Chester", the boy with the gun in the original "Bang! you're Dead" episode, has a part as "Supermarket Clerk" in the "Bang! You're Dead!" segment of this reboot. See more »


Amanda: Hey Billy, I'm equipped!
Billy: Oh come on, Amanda, go away.
Amanda: What? This is a great gun!
Billy: So what? Girls don't fight in wars.
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Alternate Versions

Each of the four segments were broadcast as separate episodes of the series in other countries and in reruns. See more »


Version of Cameo Theatre: The Man from the South (1955) See more »


Funeral March of the Marionettes
(Title Theme)
Composed by Charles Gounod
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For TV this was really good
2 May 2007 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A pilot for an updated version of Alfred Hitcock's 1950s TV show. The stories have all been done before on the old show but here they're in color, updated and had a very well-known (for the time) cast. This went up against a stupid mini series called "Lace II" and clobbered it in the ratings. It led to a revival of the show with Hitchcock introducing and closing each episode (his bits were from the old show and were colorized). The show quickly crashed and burned which was too bad. I thought it was well-done.

This pilot film was just incredible. Never dull with good acting and direction. It was four half hour stories strung together. The ending story "An Unlocked Window" with Annette O'Toole was easily one of the most chilling stories I've ever seen network TV. The ending had me shaking--and I don't scare easy! The chances of seeing this are probably VERY slim. I mean, how often do they show the pilot films for a failed TV series? Still see it if you get the chance.

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