"Poison" is a short story by Roald Dahl that was first published in Collier's Weekly (June 3, 1950). The story, about a terrified man trapped in his bed by a deadly snake, is set in India during the period of British rule. In Escape's version, the two British characters were changed to Americans and original dialogue was added. Escape's adaptation is to be admired in many respects. "Poison" is one of their finest episodes.
Arthur Woods ,"Woodsy," and his business partner, Harry Pope, are in Bombay working on a construction job. Woodsy has adapted well to his new surroundings, but Harry doesn't like anyone or anything that isn't American.
One night, Woodsy goes out for the evening, while Harry stays home in bed to read. When Woodsy checks in on him later, he finds Harry trapped. A small krait has slipped into his bed, gone under the sheets, and fallen asleep on his stomach. If Harry moves, the little snake will kill him.
Woodsy calls his friend, Dr. Ganderbai, for help. The doctor goes to painstaking lengths to save his patient, but in the end, the real problem is Harry's venomous racism.
"Poison" was adapted for Escape by James Poe produced/directed by William N. Robson. Jack Webb played Woodsy and William Conrad, in one of his best performances, played Harry. Also appearing were Jay Novello and Charlie Lung. This episode aired on July 28, 1950.
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