The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3, Episode 17

An Unlocked Window (15 Feb. 1965)

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A serial killer is in the area where some private nurses have locked themselves in a large house, except for one basement window.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
T.C. Jones ...
Nurse Betty Ames
Louise Latham ...
Maude Isles
Glendon Baker
E.J. André ...
Sam Isles
Stephen Roberts ...
Boris Crispis
Cathie Merchant ...
Frieda Little
John Willis ...
The Newscaster
Lew Brown ...
Al Ruben
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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15 February 1965 (USA)  »

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According to the TV Guide, the cast of "An Unlocked Window" were not given the final few pages of the script to safeguard its shocking ending. See more »


In a brief exterior camera shot outside the Psycho house, we see Stella looking out into the stormy night through a ground-floor window. The window pane she looks through contains TWO sections divided in half horizontally. When the scene shifts indoors, the same window pane suddenly contains FOUR sections divided horizontally and vertically. See more »

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Alas poor Minnie...
16 July 2007 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

My mother was hospitalized for a broken arm (remember actual health care?), sharing a double room with a woman named Minnie, who was under observation for chest pains, talking to us on the phone when this show about a serial murderer of nurses came on. She called back around 90 minutes later to say that the suspense had proved so overwhelming for Minnie that Mom rang for the nurse to get her a sedative. Eyes locked on the screen, Minnie didn't even notice the nurse enter the room. The shocking on screen climax occurred just as the nurse spoke her name, and looking up to see an actual woman in hospital whites looming over her scared her so badly that Minnie screamed and had a heart attack then and there. She was still in the ICU when Mom was discharged the next day.

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