Penny Applebee's parents were divorced when she was quite young and she grew up with her mother. After her mother's death, the wheelchair-bound Penny has accepted her father's invitation to live with him. She arrives only to learn that her father is away though her stepmother - who she is meeting for the first time - proves to be quite welcoming. On her first night however, she sees a light in the summerhouse and upon investigation, sees her father sitting there, apparently dead. Others can find nothing there and tell her she must have imagined it. She later sees his body in library and then again in the pool. She comes to believe that her stepmother and her father's friend, Doctor Pierre Gerard, are plotting to drive her insane. She gets a sympathetic ear from Bob, the chauffeur, who feels there has to be some rational explanation for what has been happening. Written by
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Did You Know?
's most vivid recollection of the film is, while shooting the dining-room scene, suddenly realizing he was being observed by Gary Cooper
. Director Seth Holt
remarked that Lee looked as though he'd "seen a ghost." Cooper was shooting what was to be his last film, The Naked Edge
(1961), at the studio, and Lee recalls seeing Cooper having lunch every day by himself--the actor was dying of cancer. See more
When Bob is first driving Penny from the airport, the view out of the back window of the car shows that he is clearly driving into oncoming traffic. The other cars going in his direction are on the other side of the median and the cars in the lanes next to him are going in the opposite direction from him. See more
[to Dr. Gerrard
You say my mind is affecting my legs. You're wrong. It's my legs that are affecting my mind.
Referenced in Stahlnetz: Spur 211
Prelude in E minor
Written by Frédéric Chopin. See more