Saturday Frights: Alfred Hitchcock Presents – “The Long Shot” (1955)

Welcome back dear viewers to our night’s programming here on Saturday Frights. I have selected from the Retroist Vault an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, an episodic television offering from 1955. When this originally was seen by the American viewing public who tuned in each week they were greeted by the familiar shadow of Alfred Hitchcock, before he appeared in person to introduce that week’s episode, the man responsible for directing such films as Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, and North By Northwest.

Tonight in Auditorium One I shall be running “The Long Shot”, which stars Peter Lawford and John Williams. Mr. Lawford portrays Charlie Raymond, a gambler, a bad gambler at that who finds his own life in danger to a loan shark when a horse fails to cross the finish line in the lead. Charlie Raymond while trying to grasp an idea that might save his pitiful hide notices in the paper an ad requesting a “Londoner” to act as a driver in San Francisco to a fellow Englishmen. Charlie Raymond did live in London so he sees this as a chance to not only escape the loan shark and his debts but also get paid for going on the lam.

John Williams plays the character of William Hendricks, an elderly Englishman who hires Charlie Raymond to not only act as a chauffer of sorts but as someone who he can spend the travel time to San Francisco in discussion of ‘Dear Old Blighty”. It is not too long in their journey that Charlie Raymond learns William Hendricks is set to receive a large amount of money upon his arrival. Wheels are set into motion by Charlie Raymond to ensure he will be the benefactors of the fortune but the gambler should remember the dangers of betting on a Long Shot.

It would seem I have been given the position of stewardship of Saturday Frights for the time being…heh…which is a task I relish. It has been far too long since Daniel XIII was in charge of programming, that is not because he has given up on the Retroist Vault but he is a featured journalist with Famous Monsters of Filmland now. Sage is of course a bumbling amateur when it comes to films and television, so I am glad I can offer you fare worthy of your precious time.

The Projectionist

Lurking in the bowels of the Retroist Vault, the Projectionist comforts himself with the dreams of celluloid glory of days gone by. With his assistant, Daniel XIII, in the quiet time of the night he serves as host in what has been dubbed the Haunted Drive-In. Bringing films to the entertainment starved masses the Haunted Drive-In projector roars to life and shines brightly once again...

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