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Fog Closing In 

When her husband goes away on a business trip, Mary Summers is all alone in her house--and gripped with a nameless fear. Then an escaped mental patient breaks in.


Herschel Daugherty


James P. Cavanagh (teleplay) (as James Cavanagh), Martin Brooke (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Phyllis Thaxter ... Mary Summers
Paul Langton ... Arthur Summers
George Grizzard ... Ted Lambert
Carol Veazie ... Mrs. Connolly (scenes deleted)
Billy Nelson ... Cab Driver
Norman Willis ... Intern


Mary Summers lives in a constant state of fear--fear that threatens to become panic when her husband goes away on a business trip for a week. She's all alone in a large house when she hears a crash near the back door. Soon she's face to face with the man who has just broken in--a man she soon realizes is an escaped mental patient. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

7 October 1956 (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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[first lines]
Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening, friends and others. Tonight... Madam, some of our audience are having difficulty in seeing. Would you mind?
[woman in foreground removes her head]
Alfred Hitchcock: Thank you. On the theory that what was good enough for Shakespeare is good enough for us, we planned to open tonight's play with a maid soliloquizing as she dusts. Unfortunately, tonight happens to be the maid's night out. I'm expecting an important call.
[phone rings]
Alfred Hitchcock: It must be Scotland Yard calling.
[into phone]
Alfred Hitchcock: Yes? Thank ...
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Sometimes you feel like a nut!
30 October 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A scriptwriter needs to play fair. There is something really lacking in this episode. If you are going to deal with mental problems, you need to lay a foundation for it. Just being afraid and upset isn't enough. A woman finds herself facing a threat and even though she is petrified of life, she latches on to her potential assailant. I suppose she understands him and pities him, but it just doesn't wash. The husband isn't a bad sort and he really cares about her. Again, we need some glimpse into the psyche of this lady and it isn't really forthcoming. She seems a bit too well adjusted when the intruder comes, even at the start and that's why it fails.

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