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The Door Without a Key 

A man goes to a police station claiming memory loss , followed by a boy who says he was accidentally left behind by his father, but the desk Sgt. is suspicious of both their stories.


Herschel Daugherty


Norman Daniels (story), Irving Elman (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Claude Rains ... Leonard Eldridge
John Larch ... Sgt. Shaw
Connie Gilchrist ... Maggie Vanderman
David Fresco ... Dave
Sam Gilman ... The Squad Car Officer
Andy Romano ... The Patrolman
Jimmy Hawkins ... Dewey Sims
Jeff Malloy Jeff Malloy ... Larry Rowan (as Jeff Parker)
Bill Mumy ... Mickey Hollins (as Billy Mumy)


A man walks into a police station with no memory of who he is. He is soon followed by young Mickey Hollins, who was inadvertently left behind by his father at a gas station. Through talking to the boy and the police officer, the man gradually remembers bits and pieces of memory, until he finally remembers who he is and why he's in his current predicament. Similarly, the boy also reveals the truth about himself. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

16 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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John Larch (Sgt. Shaw) and Bill Mumy (Mickey Hollins) previously played father and son Bill and Anthony Fremont in The Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (1961). See more »

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One of the Best
2 October 2018 | by mfaugnos-937-704003See all my reviews

Everyone's alone--the well-dressed gentleman played by consumate actor Claude Rains who doesn't know (or want to know) who he is; the adorable child, Billy Mumy, who tells an all-to-common story of rejection; and poor ole sad sack drunk (reliable character actress, Connie Gilchrist) who provides pathos and comic relief.

Everyone has a sad story. But as in life, when the opportunity presents itself--the secret of Life is revealed: We all need each other. A great story, economically told by master actors.

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