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A serial killer is in the area where some private nurses have locked themselves in a large house, except for one basement window.


Joseph M. Newman


James Bridges (teleplay), Ethel Lina White (story)




Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Dana Wynter ... Stella
T.C. Jones T.C. Jones ... Nurse Betty Ames
Louise Latham ... Maude Isles
John Kerr ... Glendon Baker
E.J. André ... Sam Isles
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Boris Crispis
Cathie Merchant ... Frieda Little
John Willis ... The Newscaster
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Al Ruben
Len Hendry Len Hendry ... The Man


A third murder in the last two weeks is reported over the television, and police confess they have a psychotic madman on the loose, preying only on live-in nurses. One dark stormy night, Nurse Stella Crosson (Dana Wynter) and Nurse Betty Ames (T.C. Jones) are tending to their employer, a man with a heart condition who resides in a creepy old mansion just outside of town and needs constant attention. A phone call from the murderer informs the women that he knows they're alone, and intends to pay them a visit before the night is over. Checking to make sure all the doors and windows are locked, Stella finds that she overlooked a basement window, a mistake that might prove all too costly. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

15 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Psycho" house on the Universal Studios lot is used for the house's exterior. See more »


At 17:44 when the nurse counts the seconds between the lightning strike and thunder clap, she remarks that the strike was 3 miles away because she counted 3 seconds. She explains to the other nurse that each second is one mile. Actually, every five seconds is roughly a mile. So 3 seconds would be roughly 3/5 of a mile or, since sound travels about about 1130 feet per second in air, then the lightning strike was around 3390 feet away. See more »


Remade as Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Pilot (1985) See more »

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Best of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour
12 August 2006 | by maxren17See all my reviews

Saw this episode as a kid. It was the scariest and the most suspenseful of the episodes. The previous writer claims the best is the "The Jar" I am not familiar with that episode.

Dana Wynter is great in this story. Creepy old house....a woman nurse alone taking care of an ailing older man....there's a killer on the loose and he's targeting nurses....she thinks she may have left a window in the basement unlocked! If you can get your hands on this episode you'll not regret it. I still remember it like it was yesterday!

There's a twist at the end that will chill you to your bones!

Hitchcock didn't have to change the stories on his TV show like he did in his commercial movies. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour episodes are not compromised and often had a dark creepy ending.

I recently saw the 1st season of Alfread Hitchcock Presents is on DVD. I hope this one comes out soon!

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