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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

The "Psycho" house on the Universal Studios lot is used for the house's exterior. See more »

Goofs

At 17:44 when the nurse 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 to the other nurse 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 »

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"An Unlocked Window" Alert
26 May 2008 | by kenbotz316-1See all my reviews

I saw this episode when I was 13 years old and consider it the scariest hour of television, ever. I was too afraid to get out of the bed to shut off the television set when it was over!!! It is being shown on the Chiller Station this week, for those of you who have that channel. I have told and retold this episode to fellow horror fans over the years and still get the chills when I think of it. I hope it can live up to the hype I've elevated it to over the years. Saw the more recent half hour remake with Annette O'Toole in the Dana Wynter role and it was very disappointing. Leave the great stuff alone and improve on the great ideas handled poorly the first time around. I also recently saw "The Jar" which had left an impression on me at the time, but can not rank it up there with this episode, IMHO, of course.


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