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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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
In his closing segment, Hitchcock pronounces the the name of the Ray Milland character "Dr. Fenwick" rather than "Fennick" as do the other characters during the story itself. Although the name does not appear within the credits as broadcast, in England (where the story is set) "Fenwick" might easily be pronounced with a silent "W," as in "Greenwich." The actors in the story were all on the same page, so to speak, but Hitchcock, who would have recorded his opening and closing segments apart from the main production, was on another. See more