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"Thriller" Someone at the Top of the Stairs (1973)

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28 April 1973 (Season 1, Episode 3)
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Donna Mills ... Chrissie

Judy Carne ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Corbet ... Chauffeur

Episode Crew
Directed by
John Sichel (uncredited)
Writing credits
Brian Clemens (writer)

Produced by
Cecil Clarke .... executive producer
John Sichel .... producer
Original Music by
Laurie Johnson 
Film Editing by
Moyra Bird 
Production Design by
Anthony Waller (designer) (as Tony Waller)
Costume Design by
Dawn Evans 
Makeup Department
Sheila Mann .... makeup artist
Art Department
Terry Royce .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Bob Woodhouse .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Mander .... camera operator
Mike Whitcutt .... camera operator
Other crew
Ron Brown .... administrator
Joan Reader .... production assistant
Jeremy van Bunnens .... floor manager

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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Gillian:I don't mind kids getting sex education earlier these days, but I do mind being the textbook.See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Marvellous!, 28 August 2005
Author: Paul English from Ireland

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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