A beautiful psychology professor tries to hide a self-defense killing.

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Wilma Tuttle, psychology professor, lets aggressively brash student Bill Perry drive her home. Big mistake. After an attempted rape, Perry is dead; panicked, Wilma hides her traces and flees. As time passes, she watches the investigations of Homicide Lt. Dorgan with painfully concealed apprehension. Complicating matters: her budding romance with Warren Ford, Perry's guardian. How long can she stand the strain? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Phoenix Friday 13 March 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), and it immediately became a popular local film favorite as it was first aired by both Chicago and Milwaukee 25 April 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2) and WITI (Channel 6), by Seattle 9 May 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Asheville 17 May 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by Grand Rapids 5 September 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Detroit 22 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), by Philadelphia 26 September 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), by Los Angeles 3 October 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2), by Johnstown 30 October 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Minneapolis 4 November 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), by Toledo 20 November 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), by Omaha 21 November 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), and by Pittsburgh 16 January 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 28 September 2016 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

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[last lines]
Dorgan's colleague: Don't look so gloomy. We haven't lost yet.
[Dorgan looks at Wilma's innocent facial expression]
Lt. Ted Dorgan: Oh we have.
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Deserves to be better known
24 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Here is as "quiet" a suspense film as you are likely to encounter. That is all to the good, as beneath its placid surface crackle psychological crosscurrents that generate tension throughout. Each of the main characters is an interesting study, with ambivalent emotions that alternately spark and grate against those of the others. Additionally (and ironically), these characters are all involved in recognizing and dealing with such behavior, being a psychology professor, a detective and a lawyer respectively. A bit verbose at times, and resolved with a glib, less-than-satisfying ending, this picture nevertheless deserves a wider audience - if it has any at all nowadays. The performances are rock-solid and properly understated for the most part (even by Robert Cummings) in keeping with the conservative small town atmosphere; but there are effective contrasting performances as well, in the smaller roles of the few relatively unbalanced characters, as played by Douglas Dick, Suzanne Dalbert, and especially Sam Jaffee.


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