Mary Ann Robinson, a young woman living in The Bronx, New York, with her neurotic, overbearing mother and kindly but ineffectual stepfather, is raped while walking home one night. Keeping the attack to herself, Mary Ann runs away, seeking to lose herself in Manhattan by renting a seedy flat and taking a job in a dime store. Overwhelmed by people's hostility and her own despair, Mary Ann tries to jump off the Manhattan Bridge, only to be stopped by Mike, a garage mechanic who takes her back to his modest basement apartment nearby. At first appreciative of Mike's kindness, Mary Ann becomes terrified when he refuses to let her leave. Is Mike really Mary Ann's rescuer - or is he another rapist? Written by
Eugene Kim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Filmed in moody black and white with a jumpy early-60's score by Aaron Copland, a young Carroll Baker plays a college student raped on her way home from school one Spring evening in a scene being racy for its time. The rape triggers an anxiety neurosis of some kind and Baker suddenly seeks to escape her domineering mother by running away into the depths of New York City, renting a room in a seedy boarding house and getting a menial job at the local Woolworth's. Obviously superior to her surroundings, she doesn't fit in and the rejection increases her nervous state till, on the verge of a breakdown, she meets a well-meaning man with similar needs who forces her to unite with him.
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