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Out There - Darkness 

Miss Fox is a rich old widow who falsely identifies one of the building's employees as the guy who robbed her, and later she wants to help him but it may be too late.


Paul Henreid


William O'Farrell (story), Bernard C. Schoenfeld (teleplay)

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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Bette Davis ... Miss Fox
James Congdon James Congdon ... Eddie McMahon
Frank Albertson ... Sergeant Kirby
Arthur Marshall Arthur Marshall ... Jerry


Miss Fox is a wealthy widow who lives alone with her dog, Vanessa. She has an arrangement with one of the building employees, Eddie McMahon, to walk Vanessa but when he asks her for a $50 loan, she refuses. When she walks Vanessa on Eddie's day off, she is mugged and is robbed of her wedding ring. She identifies Eddie as her attacker, though he strongly denies any involvement. A year after being incarcerated for the crime, the police locate her missing ring and the perpetrator of the crime. Eddie is released and gets his old job back but also has something special in mind for Miss Fox. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

25 January 1959 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cinematographer here was Bette Davis' favorite cameraman, Ernest Haller. Haller, in addition to winning an Oscar for "Gone with the wind", filmed such Davis hits as "Jezebel", "Dark victory", "Mr. Skeffington", and "Whatever happened to Baby Jane?" See more »

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She Should'a Changed Hotels
30 June 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

What's really rather remarkable about this episode is that Bette Davis would play such a silly, dislikably aging matron with so few redeeming qualities. At this stage, she was doing quite a bit of TV following a waning, albeit legendary, film career. Nonetheless, this was not a role likely to win her many new fans.

Whatever her reasons, the story itself is only mildly involving. She plays a lonely denizen of a respectable hotel, whose only interests are her annoying poodle and the very polite elevator attendant who obligingly walks the dog nightly for a small fee. It's subtly apparent that she wishes he would pay more attention to her than to the canine, which probably explains her selfish motivations that cause so much trouble.

Through it all, Davis remains Davis, enunciating oh so precisely and doing a near-parody of the inimitable character that inspired a thousand and one campy mimics. James Condon as the star-crossed attendant is quite good, looking a lot like a Burt Reynolds of the time. Still and all, there isn't much reason to catch up with this entry unless you want a good look at a genuine movie legend without her girdle.

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