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The Night Caller 

A young divorcée, who's just moves in into a new building, must deal with a creepy ogler from the apartment across hers who may or may not be the stalker who's driving her insane with his obscene phone calls.


John Byrum


John Byrum (teleplay), Gabrielle Upton (story)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host (archive footage)
Linda Fiorentino ... Betsy Van Kennon
Michael O'Keefe ... Art Toomey
Tony Bill ... Steve
Stephen Davies ... Detective Duane Calvin
Sandra Bernhard ... Karen


Betsy Van Kennon has just moved into an apartment building where all apartments are directly across one another and the creepy neighbor that lives across her place is looking at her windows all the time. She covers the windows with bed sheets but then the obscene phone calls start. She eventually calls the police but Duane Calvin, the detective in charge, turns out to be not only somewhat of a sexist but entirely useless. He talks to the peeping neighbor, ex-marine Art Toomey, who's back from a tour in Beirut where the Lebanese Civil War is raging, and he's clearly not all there. Calvin warns him not to bother the girl anymore but when Betsy protests that nothing's stopping him from doing it again, the annoyed cop agrees with her and tells her to buy a gun if she wants to live alone "like a man". The threatening phone calls continue and Betsy has a nervous breakdown. Her friend Steve, who has feelings for her, is worried but her friend and boss Karen is trying to turn the whole issue ...

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Release Date:

3 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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17 August 2006 | by mountain227See all my reviews

Night Caller was a very riveting little episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents,-cleverly directed by John Byrum and very stirring.The plot centers around Betsy Van Kennon,(Linda Fiorentino) who is a recent divorcée moving into a new apartment in Marina Del Rey, set up for her by her ex-husband.

The music in this episode is very eerie,and plays very well to some of the chilling moments the viewer is treated to.A very intense mystery, and you are constantly wondering what is going to unfold next.This episode was adapted from a story by Gabrielle Upton.You are on the edge of your seat and guessing from start to finish.Solid performances from Fiorentino,Michael O'Keefe,Tony Bill, and guest star Stephen Davies chips in nicely as Detective Duane Calvin.

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