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Lizzie (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 24 January 1958 (Finland)
During the 1950s, a Los Angeles psychiatrist uses hypnosis to treat a 25 year old woman who's suffering from multiple personality disorder.

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Elizabeth / Lizzie / Beth Richmond
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Dr. Neal Wright
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Aunt Morgan James
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Walter Brenner
Ric Roman ...
Johnny Valenzo
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Elizabeth's Mother
John Reach ...
Robin
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Ruth Seaton
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Elizabeth has reoccurring headaches and trouble sleeping. Threatening letters signed by Lizzie are given to her, but she does not know anyone named Lizzie. As her situation deteriorates, she goes to a Dr. Wright who hypnotizes her. Deep in her subconscious, Dr. Wright finds three personalities; Elizabeth, the shy one that everyone knows; Lizzie, the wild one like her mother; and Beth, the good one she should have become. Dr. Wright must help the personality of Beth become the only one. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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24 January 1958 (Finland)  »

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$361,000 (estimated)
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Shirley Jackson was not impressed with this filmed adaptation of her novel "The Bird's Nest." Her assessment: "Abbott and Costello meet a multiple personality." (From Ruth Franklin's 2016 biography "Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life.") See more »

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In Mathis' first scene at the bar, the position of the microphone head and the drink near it on the piano keep changing positions between shots. See more »

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It's Not For Me To Say
Written by Al Stillman and Robert Allen
Performed by Johnny Mathis
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11 June 2010 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Shirley Jackson's "The Bird's Nest" has always been one of my favorite novels, so I was excited to find that it had been made into a movie (albeit one that's nearly impossible to find) 'way back when. The film's black-and-white 1950s graininess perfectly evokes its era, as do the starchy clothes and rigid hair of the characters, and the dreadful, over-the-top "score" of shrieking, dissonant violins. The beginning of the movie promised an experience so terrible that I was tempted to hold off watching it till I could gather some of my snarkier friends, but it was already too late -- I'd been sucked in and was having too much fun to quit. As the movie goes on, it gets much better, yet it remains enjoyable, every now and again flinging itself headlong into vertiginous swoops of insane bathos. All in all, I found it perfectly delightful, and can only summarize it by plagiarizing Mae West: When it's good, it's very good, and when it's bad, it's better.


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