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Nightmare in 4-D 

A man who reads too much pulp fiction finds himself playing Sir Galahad to the blonde in the apartment downstairs. It seems she's burdened with a corpse.


Justus Addiss


Robert C. Dennis (teleplay), Stuart Jerome (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host
Henry Jones ... Harry Parker
Barbara Baxley ... Miss Elliott
Norman Lloyd ... Lieutenant Orsatti
Virginia Gregg ... Norma Parker
Percy Helton ... Building super
Minerva Urecal ... Busybody
Norman Bartold ... Police Sgt.


Harry Parker in apartment 4-D reads a lot of pulp fiction and watches a lot of late-night TV. That lends an air of inauthenticity to the story he tells his wife in the morning about what happened at two A.M. It seems the blonde in 3-D needed him to play Sir Galahad. At two A.M., she has a man in her apartment. And he's dead. "Miss Elliot, I can't get involved in a murder," says Harry. "I'm a married man." But it isn't long before he finds himself helping her take the corpse down to the basement. Was the whole thing a dream? Written by J. Spurlin

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When Harry and Miss Elliot lift Bill Nelson's dead body, the corpse bends its leg at the knee to help them. See more »


[first lines]
Miss Elliott: [nearly dropping her packages] Oh, darn!
Harry Parker: Hold it! Hold it! I got it. All right. All right.
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Alternate Versions

Two different versions of Hitchcock's wraparound commentary exist; one concerning a disastrous 3D airing of the episode in America, the other about commercial interruptions (with a voiceover by Paul Frees). See more »


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Good Up to a Point
19 September 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Vintage Hitchcock, featuring murder with a light touch and a perfect cast. It's also a good chance to catch two of the quirkier actors around—Jones and Lloyd. Between them, they manage more droll humor than is in the script.

Harry (Jones) is a dull-as-cement husband who jumps at the chance to help coy blonde neighbor (Baxley), even when it means carrying a dead man out of her apartment. So what's going on here since everyone seems so ordinary and incapable of murder.

Those scenes with Jones and Lloyd are delicious. As a cop, Lloyd's eyes roll around more than a bowling ball on Saturday night. The real mystery is what police department he could possibly represent. At the same time, Bassett hound Jones almost drools over Baxley as she wraps him around her little finger. Add the super-strong Virginia Gregg as Jones's long- suffering wife, and we've got a cast that could hold audience interest by reading the proverbial phone book.

With a better upshot, this could be classic Hitchcock. But in my book, there's one twist too many and one that's not very well executed (were the director & the writer communicating?). Otherwise, it's a neat mix of droll humor and lightweight suspense.

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Release Date:

13 January 1957 (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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