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Poison 

Harry Pope is lying in bed and discovers that there is a sleeping snake on his stomach.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Roald Dahl (story), Casey Robinson (teleplay)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Wendell Corey ... Timber Woods
James Donald ... Harry Pope
Arnold Moss ... Dr. Ganderbay
Weaver Levy Weaver Levy ... Dr. Ganderbay's assistant
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Harry Pope is lying in bed and discovers that there is a sleeping snake on his stomach.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

[afterword]
Himself - Host: For failing to call a doctor when his friend was bitten, Harry spent some little time in prison. Apparently, the snake couldn't keep his mouth shut, which reminds me - I believe it is time for another message. However, I shall be back.
[commercial break]
Himself - Host: If you are interested in obtaining one of my pickpocket alarms...
[reaches into his pocket]
Himself - Host: Good heavens. I've been robbed.
[takes his hand out of the pocket in exasperation]
Himself - Host: Good night.
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Connections

Version of Uit de wereld van Roald Dahl: Vergif (1975) See more »

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A Classic Short Story Brought to the Screen
18 June 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode is based on a short story by Roald Dahl, the author of such classics as Matilda, Charley and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach. I first read this in an anthology in junior high. The story is fraught with suspense, and though it is different than the screenplay, they both play very well. I think that we are drawn into this by our wondering what we would do if a venomous krait were sleeping on our stomach and we couldn't move. Throw in the insensitive adversary who blocks efforts at every turn, who admits to his own evil. He makes the poor man, confined to his bed and sweating profusely, dance to his tune. Instead of doing everything he can to save his "friend," he reacts slowly and makes tortuous comments. He even says things about they way it will change when the man is dead. This is a really good episode, showing that a good story is first and foremost in drawing in the audience.


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