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The Elevator is a made-for-television suspense film that first aired on February 9, 1974[1] as an ABC Movie of the Week.

The Elevator
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Written byDavid Ketchum
Bruce Sheeley
Directed byJerry Jameson
StarringJames Farentino
Roddy McDowall
Craig Stevens
Don Stroud
Music byJohn Cacavas
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)William Frye
Production location(s)Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California
CinematographyMatthew F. Leonetti
Editor(s)Philip Haberman
J. Terry Williams
Running time75 min.
Production company(s)Universal Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseFebruary 9, 1974


An elevator carrying a diverse group of people becomes stuck between floors in a high-rise office building. The tension inside the stalled elevator is exacerbated by one passenger: a claustrophobic armed robber trying to flee from his latest hit.[2]

Main castEdit

Actor Role
James Farentino Eddie Holcomb
Roddy McDowall Marvin Ellis
Craig Stevens Dr. Reynolds
Don Stroud Pete Howarth
Myrna Loy Mrs. Kenyon
Teresa Wright Edith Reynolds
Carol Lynley Irene Turner
Arlene Golonka Wendy Thompson
Barry Livingston Robert Peters


The film was made for the ABC Suspense Movie of the Week. It was shot at the Crocker Bank Building in downtown Los Angeles in November 1973.[3]


The Los Angeles Times called it a "witty and suspenseful diversion".[4]


  1. ^ TV Guide, February 9-15, 1974, p A-10
  2. ^ TV Guide, July 6-12, 1974, p A-58
  3. ^ INSIDE TV: Burt to Continue Specials Los Angeles Times 13 Nov 1973: d14.
  4. ^ MOVIES OF THE WEEK Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times 07 July 1974: n4.

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