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A Home Away from Home 

A patient at a mental hospital kills the head doctor and takes over, replacing the staff with fellow patients. Things get complicated when the niece of the real doctor makes an unexpected visit.

Director:

Herschel Daugherty

Writer:

Robert Bloch (story and teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Ray Milland ... Dr. Howard Fenwick
Claire Griswold Claire Griswold ... Natalie Rivers
Mary LaRoche ... Ruth (as Mary La Roche)
Virginia Gregg ... Miss Gibson
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Andrew
Ben Wright ... Doctor Norton
Connie Gilchrist ... Martha
Jackie Searl ... Nicky Long (as Jack Searl)
Richard Peel ... The 1st Officer
Brendan Dillon ... Inspector Roberts (as Brendan Dillan)
Ronald Long ... The Major
Peter Brooks ... Donald
Beatrice Kay Beatrice Kay ... Sarah Sanders
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A patient at a mental hospital kills the head doctor and takes over, replacing the staff with fellow patients. Things get complicated when the niece of the real doctor makes an unexpected visit.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The writer, Robert Bloch, re-used the basic premise of this story as the wraparound segment of his 1972 anthology horror film 'Asylum' See more »

Goofs

There is some confusion over the POV when Dr. Fennick grabs the neck of Doctor Norton when he kills him. The camera's view is out of focus, as if it's showing what Dr. Norton sees as he's being strangled, but it looks like Fennick is actually strangling someone else off to the left side of the camera, which would not be how Dr. Norton would see it. See more »

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"They're Just *Crazy* to Meet You!"
8 December 2011 | by henri sauvageSee all my reviews

While it's certainly true that the concept of inmates taking over the asylum is nothing new, it's hard to think of a better variation on the formula than this.

Ray Milland plays Dr. Howard Fennick, a former psychologist whose cool, polished exterior (almost) conceals the fact he's also a homicidal maniac who was committed for murdering his wife.

His current delusion is that he's "assisting" the real head of the asylum, Dr. Norton, whom he accuses of keeping him there out of sheer laziness, so Fennick can do his job for him. When Norton refuses to release him, Fennick murders the doctor and somehow manages to imprison the rest of the staff. With other inmates filling the roles of orderly, nurse and cook, Fennick is eager to put into practice his own notions of treatment for the mentally ill, when the unexpected arrival of Dr. Norton's niece Natalie (Claire Griswold) threatens to put a kink in his plans.

Relieved to find that Natalie has never met her uncle, Fennick pretends to be Dr. Norton, graciously inviting her to consider his asylum her "home away from home".

And from then on, of course, it's only a matter of how long it will take Natalie to realize the true nature of her predicament, as the only sane person trapped in a madhouse run by a madman. Along the way, we're treated to a satisfyingly sinister performance by Milland and a story tinged with black humor, containing some nasty twists for the increasingly desperate heroine, all propelled by a tense and evocative Bernard Herrmann score. An outstanding entry in this TV series.


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