A handsome, young defendant severely wounded by police in a robbery which left a rookie cop dead, is hospitalized under tight guard. When older, plain Nurse Hatch (4 time Emmy winner ... See full summary »

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Alfred Hitchcock - Host
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Nurse Ellen Hatch
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Jerry Walsh
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Jake Martinez
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Gabe Greely
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Joe Chandler
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Mary Winters
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A handsome, young defendant severely wounded by police in a robbery which left a rookie cop dead, is hospitalized under tight guard. When older, plain Nurse Hatch (4 time Emmy winner Colleen Dewhurst, twice married to George C. Scott) takes charge of his care, he sincerely maintains his innocence and paints the police as victimizing him, pleading he won't make it to trial alive. Her no-nonsense patient care demeanor backs off the police, and the young man builds a personal relationship with her. As she melts, the strengthening prisoner works to gain her help in escaping. Written by David Stevens

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3 May 1965 (USA)  »

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Nurse With A Heart of Gold
21 April 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Here's a story as old as the hills, and yet it always seems to work. A handsome rake uses his charms to woo a plain woman in order to get something from her -- a fortune, as in "The Heiress," or the keys to his freedom as in this episode. Colleen Dewhurst as nurse Ellen is a good enough actress to convince us that she's plain, but not quite good enough to convince us she'd be dumb enough to fall for this dangerous killer, who is in her care after suffering a gunshot wound in his capture. He is played by chiseled, handsome Tom Simcox, a 1960's pretty boy with an easy masculinity that might best be captured by Tom of Finland. All things considered, it's surprising that Simcox didn't become a bigger star, but I digress. As the plot unfolds, nurse Ellen remains surprisingly brave and cool, and when things get dangerous, her reactions are so strange that she seems to be in shock. In the very satisfying ending, however, we realize that all along there has been more to nurse Ellen than we imagined. The cast includes future "Mod Squad" star Peggy Lipton in a small role.


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