Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season 7 Episode 15

The Door Without a Key

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Jan 16, 1962 on CBS

Episode Recap

Captain Shaw works the night shift at a police station when an old man who is suffering from amnesia approaches him. He cannot remember who he is or where he lives, but he is well-dressed. Shortly thereafter,a lost boy appears. Shaw wants to send the man to a hospital and the boy to juvenile hall. Because it is Saturday night and there is no spare squad car, they must wait for a lift from the hospital crew. While they wait, a drunk arrives and some bikers are detained. In the meantime, the boy and the old man strike up a friendship.As the officer digs for facts, the boy reveals that he has lied about his situation. The reality is that his father has met up with a woman who doesn't care anything for the boy, and they left him at the police station so that he would be sent to a home. When he hears this, the old man is stirred up so much that he reveals his name: Eldridge. He is a wealthy man and has no family. He lives all alone in an enormous mansion with servants who care nothing for him; all he means to anyone is in terms of hismoney. Eldridge asks the boy if he'd like to come home with him, and the two leave together, comforted.