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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 »

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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: Billy, you either let me play or I'm going to shoot you.
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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 »


Remade as Don't Give Me the Finger (2005) See more »


Funeral March of the Marionettes
(Title Theme)
Composed by Charles Gounod
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Better Than Amazing Stories
4 January 2014 | by dylanduinSee all my reviews

I was a Junior in high school ( 11th grade/16 yrs. old ) when this and Spielbergs Amazing Stories were announced as an hour block on the same night. Everyone was, of course, beside themselves with excitement over Spielbergs return to television, myself included. Little did we know.

Within a matter of weeks it was obvious that Amazing Stories was a well produced bore, and the revival of Alfred Hitchcock Presents was the true gem. It was evident from this, the first episode.

Incident in a Small Jail- Ned( Deliverance )Beatty and Lee( punk band Fear/ Mr. Body in Clue )Ving in a classic mistaken identity story.

Man from the South- A truly twisted performance by John Huston, in one of Roald Dahls best short stories. James and the Giant Peach this is not.

Bang! You're dead!- THE NRA nightmare of all time.

An Unlocked Window- 1980's Annette O'Toole in a nurse uniform ( Meow! ), in a rainstorm, while someone is going around strangling nurses. I'll save you Annette, just give me smooches.

Sorry, flash backed to teenage boy me.

All in all one of the best pilots of the 80's.

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