Season 1, Episode 2
This was a live TV broadcast from the series "Eyewitness". It ran for one season in 1953 and was produced by Robert Montgomery.
It is a hot summer in New York and a killer is on the loose. He kills redheaded women and leaves messages written on the wall, "stop me before I do it again".
The episode begins with Nita Talbot and Robert Webber as a married couple bickering over their morning coffee. Talbot wants Webber to stay home because she is worried about the murderer. She tells Webber that the lock on the apartment door is broken. Webber responds by telling her to call a locksmith and heads off to work.
Talbot spends several hours calling various locksmiths. They are all busy and the earliest one can come is late that afternoon. Sitting alone in the apartment Talbot begins to come unglued every time she hears a sound out in the hallway. Is it the murderer the press has dubbed "The Ripper"?
She goes out shopping which just compounds her fears. "Is that man looking at her"? She returns home where even the apartment doorman and the elevator boy frighten her. Talbot even chases away an old friend when he stops by for a visit.
The phone rings, she answers, it is the locksmith at last! With a sigh of relief she tells him to hurry up to the apartment. Needless to say who the "Ripper" is.
A very suspenseful half hour's worth of live television. Look quick and you will see Don Knotts in an early billed role as the elevator boy. The cast includes Nita Talbot, Robert Webber, Billy Greene, Nancy Sheridan, Don Knotts and Brian Keith.
Keith is billed as Robert Keith Jr. The episode was directed by Perry Lafferty. The story was by Joseph Ruscoll and is based upon a real case. An excellent little television noir!