A husband gets locked in an secure office with the body of his beautiful young mistress, who he has just murdered.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Tony Gould
Christine White ...
Sam Buffington ...
Gordon Wynn ...
John Courtney
Party guest (as Sanford L. Gibbons)
Bonnie Green ...
Party guest (as Bonne Greene)
Florence MacAfee ...
Gloria Gould
Frank Logan ...
Frank - Policeman (as Frank Allocca)
George Eldredge ...
George--Police Lieutenant


At an office Christmas part Shelley calls Tony and tells him he must get a divorce and marry her. She threatens to tell his wife about her if he doesn't. After the party, Tony comes to Shelley's office. When she threatens him again, he stabs her. He tries to leave the office but discovers that the door is locked. He finds the keys but uses the wrong one and jams the door. He tries other ways, but they all fail. How will he get out? Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

12 January 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Sam Buffington who played Charlie, passed away two years later at the age of 28. See more »


Joseph Cotten's character breaks off a key in a keyhole. The broken-off key is absent from all subsequent shots of the keyhole. See more »


Featured in Altman (2014) See more »

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Cotten as Villain
25 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joseph Cotten will always be one of Hollywood's greatest leading men. Hitchcock, however, liked to use his good looks to portray dangerous villains. Remember Uncle Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt. Who can forget the merry-go-round scene. Here he plays a cheating husband who has hooked up with a good girl who has plans for him. He has promised to divorce his wife and marry her. Unfortunately, it's the old "Why buy the cow when the mild is free." He like things the way they are, but as is bound to happen, she calls his bluff. He lies to her about telling his wife about them and asking for a divorce. One thing leads to another and he stabs her with a letter opener. The crime takes place in the office of her boss and through a series of circumstance, he is locked in the office. He tries every maneuver he can to get out, including enlisting the help of a nosy lady in a building across the street. Very much like the episode where the man kills his wife and hauls her around in the trunk of his car, this is a situation that Hitchcock loves. The incredible dramatic irony involved where we almost begin to pull for the guy propels the episode forward.

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