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Dwight V. Swain (original screenplay)
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December 1962 (USA) See more »
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A sadistic husband mentally tortures his wife, while eventually planning to murder her. Although no one believes her, she gets help from an unexpected source. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Ned Hockman 
Skip Homeier (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dwight V. Swain  original screenplay

Produced by
Joe E. Burke .... producer
Ned Hockman .... producer
Carl G. Stevenson .... associate producer
Dwight V. Swain .... producer
Original Music by
Lawrence V. Fisher 
Cinematography by
Robert Bethard 
Art Direction by
Marcus Fuller 
Set Decoration by
Marcus Fuller 
Makeup Department
Roy Long .... hair stylist
Melvin Parlow .... makeup artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Laney Duck .... assistant camera
George Peters .... camera operator
Les Tannehill .... gaffer
Cloy Webb .... key grip
Music Department
Lawrence V. Fisher .... conductor
Lawrence V. Fisher .... orchestrator
John Williams .... composer: party music (as Johnny Williams)
Other crew
Daniel C. Chichester .... script supervisor (as Daniel Chichester)
Charles Suggs .... dialogue coach

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86 min
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Beverly Garland says this is her least favorite of all the movies she's made. She also said that first-time director Ned Hockman walked off the set after disagreements with the cast and producers, and that co-star Skip Homeier finished directing the picture.See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Stark Crazy Fun, 7 March 2010
Author: shark-43 from L.A. CA

This weird little B&W film noir is a low budget tuffy. Beverly Garland gives a strong performance as a very messed up woman with self esteem issues married to a very cruel man. This is not a comedy - it's not even a drama - it is a wow-can-you-believe-this-woman's-luck movie. There is dialogue that makes you laugh right out loud, the direction is clumsy, there times when the score is so wrong for what is going on during the story that you wince - all in all - a fun fest for lovers of strange and offbeat cinema. B-movie actor Kenneth Tobey (the lead in the original The Thing) actually plays the nice guy in this and Garland's husband is one of the most despicable males ever on screen - in fact, aside from Tobey, almost every man in this movie is a sleazy, rapin;, chain smoking drunk. Yep. The film also has great character names that get said a lot - like Harvey Suggett and Cliff Cain. The marriage scenes make Revolutionary Road or Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf look like Neil Simon plays.

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