The sixth and final Roald Dahl story to be adapted for Alfred Hitchcock Presents was "The Landlady," which aired on February 21, 1961. Since Robert Bloch wrote the teleplay, this episode is discussed here, as part of the "Robert Bloch on TV" series.
The Roald Dahl episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents represent a special group.
"Lamb to the Slaughter," the first, was adapted for television by Dahl himself and directed by Hitchcock. It features a fine performance by Barbara Bel Geddes and its mix of murder and humor have made it one of the most well known episodes of the entire series.
"Dip in the Pool" came next, also directed by Hitchcock and starring Keenan Wynn in a story that features more humor but no murder, just an accidental suicide.
Best of the lot is "Man From the South," one of the finest examples of suspense ever produced for television. It has been remade, imitated and parodied, but it has never been equaled. Steve McQueen and Peter Lorre turn in superb performances and the direction by Norman Lloyd ratchets up the tension until the surprising climax.
Hitchcock returned to direct "Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat," which tells a tale of humor, revenge and deception while painting an unflattering portrait of a marriage. There are no standouts but cast and crew work together to produce solid entertainment.
|"Dip in the Pool"|
The fact that Hitchcock himself chose to direct four of the six Dahl episodes shows that they were considered special, and Dahl's short stories were a perfect fit for the sensibilities of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Here is an episode guide to the Roald Dahl episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, with links that lead back to the posts discussing each episode.
ROALD DAHL ON ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS EPISODE GUIDE
|"Lamb to the Slaughter"|