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An Unlocked Window 

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
Louise Latham ...
Maude Isles
Glendon Baker
Sam Isles
Stephen Roberts ...
Boris Crispis
Cathie Merchant ...
Frieda Little
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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Besides not being given the last few pages of the script until the final shoot, no one but a limited crew and the two actors involved in the final scene(s) were allowed on the set. 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 »


Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Pilot (1985) See more »

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"An Unlocked Window" Alert
26 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I saw this episode when I was 13 years old and consider it the scariest hour of television, ever. I was too afraid to get out of the bed to shut off the television set when it was over!!! It is being shown on the Chiller Station this week, for those of you who have that channel. I have told and retold this episode to fellow horror fans over the years and still get the chills when I think of it. I hope it can live up to the hype I've elevated it to over the years. Saw the more recent half hour remake with Annette O'Toole in the Dana Wynter role and it was very disappointing. Leave the great stuff alone and improve on the great ideas handled poorly the first time around. I also recently saw "The Jar" which had left an impression on me at the time, but can not rank it up there with this episode, IMHO, of course.

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