Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)
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The Closed Door 

A heartless businessman has spent the last three weeks in a single room of his home. He's developed a psychosomatic affliction which makes it unable for him to turn the room's doorknob. He ... See full summary »

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Alfred Renell
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A heartless businessman has spent the last three weeks in a single room of his home. He's developed a psychosomatic affliction which makes it unable for him to turn the room's doorknob. He refuses to leave until he can open the door himself, and refuses psychiatric help. A family with a sick child takes refuge in his home during a severe storm against his wishes. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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27 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Kinda sweet...kinda sappy
4 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

In this edition of "Schlitz Playhouse", the familiar character actor, Gene Lockhart, plays a nasty and mentally ill industrialist. Alfred Rennell has a strange fixation...that he cannot leave the room he's in and he's been there for weeks. As a result, he's become intolerable to be with and despite attempts by others to help him, he's cranky and edgy...like a spoiled child.

This routine is broken up by a family who is in trouble--they're car is kaput and their baby is sick so the doctor visiting Rennell tells them they should stay in Rennell's mansion. But Rennell is a nasty, grouchy guy and he's not the least bit pleased to have visitors. How does all this work out? See the film...and it's available at archive.org to download for free.

While Lockhart is quite good with this role (as he often played grouchy guys), the script is a little bit schmaltzy...too much for me but perhaps you'll enjoy it more. Interesting but average.


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