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The Lonely Hours 

A mother of three notices that her baby son fascinates the lady renting a room in her home.


Jack Smight


Celia Fremlin (novel), William D. Gordon (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Nancy Kelly ... Mrs. J. A. Williams / Vera Brandon
Gena Rowlands ... Louise Henderson
Joyce Van Patten ... Grace
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... The Policewoman
Willa Pearl Curtis Willa Pearl Curtis ... Katie (credited as Hassie)
Juanita Moore ... Mrs. McFarland
Jackie Russell ... Sandra
Mary Adams ... The Nurse
Jesslyn Fax ... Miss McGuiness
Sally Smith Sally Smith ... Marjorie Henderson
Jennifer Gillespie Jennifer Gillespie ... Celia
Chris Gilmore ... Harriett Henderson (as Annette Ferra)


A mother of three notices that her baby son fascinates the lady renting a room in her home.

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Release Date:

8 March 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Shamley Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This seems to have been the only Alfred Hitchcock production with an entirely female cast. Even a policewoman was used in lieu of a policeman. All the males are never seen, just spoken about, the husbands are working or out of town, the policeman is outside in the car, the police lieutenant is at the other end of the phone. The only males are the uncredited three baby boys, Lonnie, Joel, and Robby, obviously with no identifiable lines. Three men - possibly doctors - do appear in the hospital scene, however, but they do not speak. See more »

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Slow-Motion Suspense
14 July 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Good slow-motion episode where suspense builds gradually over the hour. We know Vera's (Kelly) off-center, but how much of a menace is she. Then again, maybe she's just a forlorn middle-age woman seeking consolation in another woman's (Rowland) baby. Vera takes a room in Louise's house, and things seem ordinary except for the unusual amount of attention Vera pays to Louise's baby son. She even sneaks the baby out of the house while Louise is away. Looks like Vera's up to something, but what.

Given the circumstances, both main actresses low-key it. Kelly never really acts like an emotional loony, while Rowlands generally suppresses her growing concern. Since it's Hitchcock, we know there's a build-up to something, without knowing exactly who or what. The narrative may dawdle at times, but never drags. Note a really unusual bit of casting—unless I missed something, there's not a single man appearing anywhere during the 60-minutes! It's all the fairer sex on screen--so guys, be sure to tune in. In my book, it's a good, if unspectacular, bit of Hitchcock.

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