Story takes place over a span of years and a lot happens before Jack Packard and 'Doc" Long show up, or is explained after they make their entrance: A girl marries against the wishes of her parents, the parents argue about it, the father is killed, the girl loses her mind, and the mother goes away and pretends to be dead. Years later, the daughter of the insane woman (she had gotten married, and pregnant)returns to the old family homestead, and is not welcomed with open arms, as this family has several closets containing skeletons...from around the world. Written by
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Pretty good Gothic mystery, although it's been done before. Lots of bodies and screaming women and neurotic family members with axes to grind - and, of course, you have to guess which one is the murderer. The picture moves along at breakneck speed, so fast that many important pieces of the plot are skimmed over and without leaving time to create much mood or tension.
I thought the main problem with this film was that the actors weren't very good. The picture is filled with actors who never made it big in Hollywood, mainly because they lacked talent and charisma, and they were a drag on a fairly good storyline. This was not a 'cheapie', as production values were good, but the only recognizable star worth a mention is Jeff Donnell.
Nevertheless, it is worth your time (only 70 minutes worth here) but you can't help thinking it could have been better. This was on TCM the other morning, an invaluable source of older and hard-to-find movies.
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