Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Poison (1958)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This first episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents' fourth season is adapted from a short story by Roald Dahl, with a new climactic twist added by veteran screenwriter Casey Robinson (Kings Row, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, etc.). James Donald plays Harry Pope, a hard-drinking, racially bigoted plantation owner living in the jungles of India. Late one night, Pope feels something moving in his bed. Terrified, he summons his overseer, Timber Woods (Wendell Corey), telling him that a huge, poisonous snake is sleeping right on his chest. With delicious irony, Woods engages the services of a native doctor (Arnold Moss) to save Pope's life.