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|Kim Stanley||Myra Savage|
|Richard Attenborough||Billy Savage|
|Marian Spencer||Mrs. Wintry|
|Judith Donner||Amanda Clayton|
|Margaret Lacey||Woman at First Seance|
|Marie Burke||Woman at First Seance|
|Maria Kazan||Woman at First Seance|
|Lionel Gamlin||Man at Seances|
|Godfrey James||Mrs. Clayton's Chauffeur|
|Ronald Hines||Policeman Outside Clayton's|
|Hajni Biro||Maid at Clayton's|
|Mark Eden||Charles Clayton|
|Gerald Sim||Detective Sergeant Beedle|
|Nanette Newman||Mrs. Clayton|
|Patrick Magee||Superintendent Walsh|
"Two of the greatest performances you will ever see..."
Myra Savage (Kim Stanley) is a medium who holds séances in her home. Her husband Billy (Richard Attenborough), unable to work because of asthma and cowed by Myra's domineering personality, assists in her séances. Myra's life and psychic work are dominated by her relationship with the spirit of her son Arthur, who died at birth.At Myra’s insistence, Billy kidnaps the young daughter (Judith Donner) of a wealthy couple (Mark Eden and Nanette Newman), confining her in a room in the Savage home dressed as a hospital ward. Myra impersonates a nurse to deceive the girl into believing she is hospitalised. Myra insists she is "borrowing" the girl to demonstrate her psychic abilities to the police in helping them find her. Although they ask for a £25,000 ransom, they plan to return the money with the girl after Myra has become famous for helping find her.Myra's plan goes awry as her unsteady mental health begins to fray. She tells Billy to kill the girl, and he takes her into the woods and leaves her body under a tree.When the police ask Myra to conduct a séance to help them find the missing girl – as she had hoped they would – she breaks down during the séance and reveals, as if in a psychic trance, what she and Billy have done. Billy tells the police where he hid the ransom money and reveals that he did not kill the girl, but left her unconscious where she would be found by scouts camping nearby.
1964-11-05 : United States of America