SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (1964 U.S.) D/W/P: BRYAN FORBES P: RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH
Kim Stanley (who`s brilliant, but didn`t make many movies, mostly working on stage) is a medium who coerces her somewhat nebbish husband (Attenborough with a prosthetic nose) into kidnapping the little girl of wealthy Mark Eden (and wife Nanette Newman), keeping her bedridden in a spare room posing as a hospital ward. At first it seems that the sad, traumatised couple are after a ransom, but things are more complicated than that. Nicely shot in b/w by Gerry Turpin and finely acted throughout, it`s a subtetly gripping thriller-of-sorts that even manages to milk a few blackly comic laughs from it`s tragic premise (based on Mark McShane`s novel, also the source for the very different SEANCE). The score is from John Barry. With Patrick Magee and Gerald Sim. Forbes was also a character actor and succesful novelist, his most well-remembered movies (as Director) nowadays being THE STEPFORD WIVES.

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