Thriller: Season 1, Episode 3

Someone at the Top of the Stairs (28 Jan. 1975)

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A young woman and her friend rent a room in an old dark mansion. Soon they become aware of the fact that the other "renters" are a very strange lot, and that there are some very odd ... See full summary »

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Chrissie
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Gillian
David de Keyser ...
Cartney
Francis Wallis ...
Gary
Alethea Charlton ...
Mrs. Oxhey
Brian McGrath ...
Elgar
Peter Cellier ...
Col. Wright
Clifford Parrish ...
Thurston
Scott Forbes ...
Mr. Patrick
Rhoda Lewis ...
Emma Patrick
Alan Roberto ...
Jonathan
Laura Collins ...
Sally
Charles Hill ...
Policeman
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A young woman and her friend rent a room in an old dark mansion. Soon they become aware of the fact that the other "renters" are a very strange lot, and that there are some very odd goings-on in the house that seem to be centered in the attic. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Marvellous!
28 August 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The third installment of Thriller's opening series, 'Someone At The Top Of The Stairs' is a certifiable classic. Chrissie Morton and Gillian Pemberton, played by Donna Mills and Judy Carne respectively, are two young American students who take lodgings at a quaint boarding house run by Mrs Oxhey (played by Alethea Charlton who lends the role a smoldering and repressive sexuality. Sadly she died in 1976 at the young age of 44).

While the surroundings are comfortable and the rent cheap something is not quite right in the house. The other inhabitants, namely Elgar (Brian McGrath) and the odious Patricks gradually reveal their sinister sides and you can almost smell the air of foreboding that will inevitably unfold in tragedy.

Chrissie finally learns the house's terrible secret in one Thriller's most chilling endings.

On a separate issue I note that Brian McGrath now attends the same Sunday mass as my parents. While I have seen him in a variety of different roles over the years, none compare to his turn as the handsome but creepily tainted Elgar.

In the words of Mrs Oxhey, Marvellous!


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