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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 ... Sarah Sanders
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Storyline

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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Production Co:

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

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 »

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Great Episode, and Clearing up Misinformation
28 July 2017 | by whitesheikSee all my reviews

To the "reviewer" who said this could be just a coincidence that this might have been lifted from the 1961 film Scream of Fear - no. Robert Bloch's short story from which this is adapted was published several months PRIOR to the US release of Scream of Fear in 1961. Furthermore, the lead time for publishing in the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine was probably at least six months, so Bloch's story was probably written in 1960, so there's no probably about it - simply coincidence.

Now that that's cleared up, this is a wonderful episode and I was so taken with Claire Griswold that I could not understand why she had no career - so beautiful and a terrific actress. Well, she was under personal contract to Hitchcock, as was Tippi Hedren, and she was up for Marnie against Tippi (and how interesting would it be to see what she might have done with the role), and shortly after doing this and a couple of other jobs, she retired to raise her kids and be wife to - Sidney Pollack.


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