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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 Morton

Judy Carne ... Gillian Pemberton
David de Keyser ... Cartney
Francis Wallis ... Gary Masters
Alethea Charlton ... Mrs. Oxhey
Brian McGrath ... John Elgar
Peter Cellier ... Col. Wright
Clifford Parrish ... Harold Thurston

Scott Forbes ... Mr. Patrick
Rhoda Lewis ... Emma Patrick
Alan Roberto ... Jonathan Patrick
Laura Collins ... Sally Thurston
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:
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Someone At The Top Of The Stairs, 10 July 2015
Author: a_baron from United Kingdom

As the saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When two young women, foreign students, turn up at a London bedsit, the landlady is more than enthusiastic for their patronage, even inviting them to set their own rent. A nice upstairs spacious apartment in a friendly boarding house, what could possibly go wrong? Well, there was that strange writing on the door, and that almost ancient sheet of newspaper in the drawer.

It doesn't take long for one of the new tenants to realise there is something terribly wrong here; does a kitten really fall to its death from not such a great height just because someone left a window open? And that's just for starters. Her friend played by Judy Carne thinks it is all in her head, but judging by what follows at the party, she isn't too bright.

Judy Carne is better known for comedy and light entertainment, but here she plays it straight in a drama wherein all the characters are a little too nice, if not like Stepford wives then cult members.

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