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A husband gets locked in an secure office with the body of his beautiful young mistress, whom he has just murdered.


Robert Altman


Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Alec Coppel (story)


Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Joseph Cotten ... Tony Gould
Christine White ... Shelley
Sam Buffington ... Charlie
Gordon Wynn Gordon Wynn ... John Courtney
Sanford Gibbons ... Party guest (as Sanford L. Gibbons)
Bonnie Green Bonnie Green ... Party guest (as Bonne Greene)
Florence MacAfee Florence MacAfee ... Gloria Gould
Frank Logan Frank Logan ... Frank - Policeman (as Frank Allocca)
George Eldredge ... George--Police Lieutenant


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At an office Christmas part Shelley calls Tony and tells him he must get a divorce and marry her. She threatens to tell his wife about her if he doesn't. After the party, Tony comes to Shelley's office. When she threatens him again, he stabs her. He tries to leave the office but discovers that the door is locked. He finds the keys but uses the wrong one and jams the door. He tries other ways, but they all fail. How will he get out? Written by Anonymous

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When we get a close up of the desk to indicate where the letter opener comes from, we see some letters behind it to establish that it is in fact a letter opener, but one of them bears a 1936 Christmas seal in place of a postage stamp. See more »


After Tony stabs Shelley she falls down behind the desk and presumably dies from blood loss.

When Tony later drags her body across the room to the bathroom it should have left a blood trail on the floor. Yet Tony does not seem concerned, and makes no effort to clean the floor. See more »


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Cotten as Villain
25 June 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Joseph Cotten will always be one of Hollywood's greatest leading men. Hitchcock, however, liked to use his good looks to portray dangerous villains. Remember Uncle Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt. Who can forget the merry-go-round scene. Here he plays a cheating husband who has hooked up with a good girl who has plans for him. He has promised to divorce his wife and marry her. Unfortunately, it's the old "Why buy the cow when the mild is free." He like things the way they are, but as is bound to happen, she calls his bluff. He lies to her about telling his wife about them and asking for a divorce. One thing leads to another and he stabs her with a letter opener. The crime takes place in the office of her boss and through a series of circumstance, he is locked in the office. He tries every maneuver he can to get out, including enlisting the help of a nosy lady in a building across the street. Very much like the episode where the man kills his wife and hauls her around in the trunk of his car, this is a situation that Hitchcock loves. The incredible dramatic irony involved where we almost begin to pull for the guy propels the episode forward.

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Release Date:

12 January 1958 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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