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



(novel), (teleplay)


Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Mrs. J. A. Williams / Vera Brandon
Alice Backes ...
The Policewoman
Willa Pearl Curtis ...
Katie (credited as Hassie)
Mrs. McFarland
Jackie Russell ...
The Nurse
Miss McGuiness
Sally Smith ...
Marjorie Henderson
Jennifer Gillespie ...
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)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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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Gena Rowlands and Nancy Kelly
7 March 2012 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Lonely Hours" focuses on a young mother of three, Louise Henderson (Gena Rowlands), and a new arrival come to rent a spare bedroom, Vera Brandon (Nancy Kelly). Louise is certain she knows the childless Vera from somewhere but cannot remember, and there are things that the new boarder does not reveal to her, such as the fact that she already has an apartment elsewhere, under the name Williams. Quickly growing attached to Lonnie, the infant son of Louise, Vera eventually introduces him as her own child to her old landlady (Jesslyn Fax), who immediately comments on the resemblance between the two. Louise notices Vera's odd behavior, and begins to investigate her identity. Best remembered as the harried mother of "The Bad Seed" (1956), Nancy Kelly gets to play the other side, in a topical story that continues to be a mother's worst nightmare.

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