Alfred Hitchcock presents
Season 7 Ep.39: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Hugo is a retarded boy without a home. He is taken in by a kind, carnival magician, named Sadini. Sadini’s deceitful wife, Irene, performs in her husband’s act as the woman whose body is supposedly sawed in half. Irene manipulates Hugo into killing her husband. She says she wants to start a new act with Hugo and convinces him that he can perform the sawing-the-woman-in-half trick, because the magic is in the wand. Hugo kills Sadini for her, but then she backs out on her promise. Hugo knocks out Irene in a struggle. He then decides to attempt the trick and ends up sawing Irene in half for real.
The benign countenance of pudgy film director Alfred Hitchcock welcomed viewers to stories of terror, horror, suspense, and twisted endings for an entire decade.
His clipped British accent and catlike theme music became television standbys as the series was seen on two different networks and was later seen for years in syndication. The stories would often appear to end with evil triumphant, in strict violation of the television code of ethics. This situation was always resolved following the last commercial, when Hitchcock would return to explain, in his deadpan sardonic way, what silly mistake or chance occurance had finally done the villan in.
Cast and Crew:
* Alfred Hitchcock as host
Director: Alfred Hitchcock and others
Production Company: Revue Studios, Shamley Productions, Universal TV
Audio/Visual: mono, black & white
Date Release: 1955
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