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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.


Joseph M. Newman


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




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


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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Release Date:

15 February 1965 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Kerr and Cathie Merchant both died on the same day: 2nd February 2013. They also shared the same birthday: 15th November. See more »


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 »

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Voices in the Dark
11 August 2006 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

When Hitchcock Presents went from its original half-hour to an hour format, the quality dropped off noticeably. The tight plots and twist endings of the earlier period were too often stretched to fill the required 50-plus minutes and the stories sagged under too much padding.

Arguably however this is the best of the hour-long lot, since the suspense never lets up. A maniac who only kills nurses is loose. Meanwhile, two nurses including Dana Wynter and a drunken housekeeper are alone in an old mansion on a stormy night tending to a bed-ridden John Kerr. Another nurse only two miles away, they learn, is strangled, and needless to say, the three women are terrified as the tension mounts. Is he in the house-- they hear maniacal giggles. Why oh why did nurse Wynter forget to lock the basement window. Then too, how did the cat get out and when will the handyman return from town. As directed by ace movie veteran Joseph M. Newman and photographed by Citizen Kane's Stanley Cortez, the atmosphere is heavy with foreboding. We feel something is wrong, but what? Great ending, along with a very last shot whose graphic nature is unusual for TV of that time. If you catch only one of these 60 minute episodes, this is the one to scope out.

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