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Mark McShane (novel)
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Release Date:
5 November 1964 (USA) See more »
Two of the greatest performers you will ever see... See more »
A medium and her husband stage a kidnapping in order for her to pretend to solve the crime and achieve fame. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kim Stanley ... Myra
Margaret Lacey ... Woman at first Seance

Marie Burke ... Woman at first Seance
Maria Kazan ... Woman at first Seance
Lionel Gamlin ... Man at Seances
Marian Spencer ... Mrs. Wintry

Richard Attenborough ... Bill
Godfrey James ... Mrs. Clayton's Chauffeur
Judith Donner ... Amanda
Ronald Hines ... Policeman Outside Clayton's
Hajni Biro ... Maid at Clayton's
Mark Eden ... Mr. Clayton

Nanette Newman ... Mrs. Clayton
Diana Lambert ... Sheila - Mr. Clayton's Secretary
Frank Singuineau ... Bus Conductor
Gerald Sim ... Beedle
Stanley Morgan ... Man in Trilby
Maggie Rennie ... Woman at Second Seance (as Margaret McGrath)

Michael Lees ... Plain Clothes Policeman

Patrick Magee ... Walsh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arnold Bell ... Mr. Weaver (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Forbes 
Writing credits
Mark McShane (novel)

Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Richard Attenborough .... producer
Jack Rix .... associate producer
Bryan Forbes .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
Gerry Turpin (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Derek York 
Art Direction by
Ray Simm 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Dryhurst .... assistant director
Simon Relph .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Peter James .... set dresser
Jock Lyall .... construction manager
Dickie Bamber .... dressing props (uncredited)
Alan Roderick-Jones .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bill Daniels .... sound recordist
George Fisher .... dubbing editor
Gus Lloyd .... sound assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Anstiss .... camera assistant
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Ted Lockhart .... camera grip
George Courtney Ward .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurel Staffell .... wardrobe supervisor (as Laurel Staffel)
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
John Barry .... music arranger
Sidney Margo .... music contractor (uncredited)
Other crew
Penny Daniels .... continuity
Diana Hawkins .... publicist (uncredited)
Ann Skinner .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ernest Lough .... acknowledgment: permission for using "Hear my Prayer"
George Thalben-Ball .... acknowledgment: permission for using "Hear my Prayer" (as Dr. Thalben Ball)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:115 min | UK:121 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

In the London Underground there is poster ad that reads "People with interest in the future, 3 1/2 [percent]" which is obviously a bank's ad for a savings program but is also synchronistic in light of the plot involving a psychic.See more »
Revealing mistakes: As Myra looks outwards through the rain spattered window of a child's nursery, the rain falls unnaturally onto the panes - in two bursts - as though it were sprays from a hose or watering can.See more »
Myra Savage:You know what I sometimes wish? I sometimes wish I *were*... ordinary. Like you. Dead ordinary. Ordinary and *dead* like all the others.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Billy Liar (1963)See more »
Hear my PrayerSee more »


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79 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
A Baffling Oscar Oversight, 10 December 2004
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Over the years, the Oscars have often gone to performers and films that seemed to make little sense at the time and subsequently failed to stand the test of time. While Julie Andrews was certainly marked for stardom, her singing nanny did not hold a candle to Kim Stanley's tour-de-force as Myra in "Seance on a Wet Afternoon," either in 1964 or in 2004. One wonders in retrospect if any of the voters actually saw this brilliant, minor masterwork. If they had, how did Richard Attenborough's performance get overlooked? His subtle underplaying as the passive husband is in perfect sync to Stanley's showy turn as the medium and deserved Academy recognition as much as and perhaps more than his direction of "Gandhi." The taut screenplay and direction by Bryan Forbes, the fine black and white cinematography by Gerry Turpin, and John Barry's music also deserved recognition. Unfortunately, Hollywood was into big musicals in 1964, and the Academy's nominations were showered on "My Fair Lady" and "Mary Poppins," while more serious fare such as this film was overlooked. While "Lady" clunks along today as a leaden stage-bound adaptation and "Poppins" does not seem quite as charming as it did, "Seance on a Wet Afternoon" and the two brilliant performances at its center remain as riveting as they were 40 years ago. Fortunately, the Academy has shown some maturity in recent years, and films such as this are more often recognized, which raises their profiles and brings them to the attention of viewers who might otherwise miss them. Without any recognition other than recommendations from those few who have seen this character-driven suspense gem, "Seance" has been little seen and remains a cinematic jewel that awaits discovery and its deserved place among British film classics.

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