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An Unlocked Window 

A serial killer is in the area where some private nurses have locked themselves in a large house, except for one basement window.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman

Writers:

James Bridges (teleplay), Ethel Lina White (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Dana Wynter ... Stella
T.C. Jones T.C. Jones ... Nurse Betty Ames
Louise Latham ... Maude Isles
John Kerr ... Glendon Baker
E.J. André ... Sam Isles
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Boris Crispis
Cathie Merchant ... Frieda Little
John Willis ... The Newscaster
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Al Ruben
Len Hendry Len Hendry ... The Man
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Storyline

A third murder in the last two weeks is reported over the television, and police confess they have a psychotic madman on the loose, preying only on live-in nurses. One dark stormy night, Nurse Stella Crosson (Dana Wynter) and Nurse Betty Ames (T.C. Jones) are tending to their employer, a man with a heart condition who resides in a creepy old mansion just outside of town and needs constant attention. A phone call from the murderer informs the women that he knows they're alone, and intends to pay them a visit before the night is over. Checking to make sure all the doors and windows are locked, Stella finds that she overlooked a basement window, a mistake that might prove all too costly. Written by alfiehitchie

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Besides not being given the last few pages of the script until the final shoot, no one but a limited crew and the two actors involved in the final scene(s) were allowed on the set. See more »

Goofs

At 17:44 when the housekeeper counts the seconds between the lightning strike and thunder clap, she remarks that the strike was 3 miles away because she counted 3 seconds. She explains that each second is one mile. Actually, every five seconds is roughly a mile. So 3 seconds would be roughly 3/5 of a mile or, since sound travels about about 1130 feet per second in air, then the lightning strike was around 3390 feet away. See more »

Connections

Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Pilot (1985) See more »

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Best Episode
24 February 2015 | by ags123See all my reviews

I prefer "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" to the half-hour "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." Too many of the AHP episodes aimed for wry humor and are only mildly amusing. "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" put more emphasis on sustained suspense, with varying degrees of success.

"An Unlocked Window" is what a thriller should be: suspenseful from start to finish. For that reason it remains the series' finest episode. Half a century has not diminished its impact. Several additional points of interest include the "Psycho" house, used for exteriors; Louise Latham, a year after playing the mother of "Marnie;" and a score by the incomparable Bernard Herrmann. Add all that to the atmospheric photography, the well-paced script and the excellent performances by all the actors and you have an hour of suspense you're not likely to forget.


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