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The Sorcerer's Apprentice 

TV-14 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | Episode aired 1962
A magician takes a simple-minded runaway under his wing. But the magician's wife has a sinister idea for the easily manipulated young man.


Joseph Lejtes (as Josef Leytes)


Robert Bloch (teleplay), Robert Bloch (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Diana Dors ... Irene
Brandon De Wilde ... Hugo
David J. Stewart David J. Stewart ... Sadini
Larry Kert Larry Kert ... George


The Great Sadini finds a young man unconscious on the carnival grounds and takes him to his trailer. The boy, Hugo, proves to be simple. His first thought upon waking's that Sadini and his wife are the devil and an angel. Sadini's compassion prompts him to take the kid under his wing and teach him about magic. The wife's cold heart leads her to beg the impressionable young man to commit murder. Written by J. Spurlin

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1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nearly became a "lost episode" when a sponsor deemed it unsuitable. It was subsequently never given a network airing, and it was not seen by television viewers until the series got sold into syndication. See more »


[first lines]
Sadini: Hey, wake up. This is no place to sleep. Come on, wake up. You'll freeze to death.
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References Fantasia (1940) See more »


The Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314)
Written by Johann Strauss
  • carnival music heard at the beginning of the story

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The Angel and Devil!
15 August 2013 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Diana Dors was England's answer to America's Marilyn Monroe. With the exception of their similar appearances, they were two very different actresses. Diana Dors was classically trained and her plans to succeed in Hollywood never transpired. Although if you watch this episode, you will wonder why it never happened. Diana Dors was a terrific actress whether stage, film or television. In this episode, her Irene is brilliantly portrayed by her. When a young man is found by their carnival trailer, her husband the evil looking magician helps the young man out. His wife and assistant is Irene. The young man is bewildered by the magician's evil appearance and is magic act. When he saws his wife in half, he believes that she is being harmed. The young man is clueless and naive. Irene is not the angel she appears. We learn her true motives behind her manipulations. You have to wonder who is the angel and devil in this story. I was also troubled by the ending. I would have liked to have seen what happened to the characters. It's hard to believe that this was controversial in 1962.

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