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Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Anne Blaisdell (novel)
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Release Date:
21 March 1965 (UK) See more »
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A young woman is terrorized by her fiance's demented mother who blames her for her son's death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Tallulah Bankhead ... Mrs. Trefoile

Stefanie Powers ... Patricia Carroll

Peter Vaughan ... Harry
Maurice Kaufmann ... Alan Glentower
Yootha Joyce ... Anna

Donald Sutherland ... Joseph
Gwendolyn Watts ... Gloria
Robert Dorning ... Ormsby
Philip Gilbert ... Oscar
Winifred Dennis ... Shopkeeper
Diana King ... Woman Shopper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry McGee ... Rector (uncredited)

Directed by
Silvio Narizzano 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Anne Blaisdell (novel "Nightmare")

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Original Music by
Wilfred Josephs 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Dunsford 
Production Design by
Peter Proud 
Makeup Department
Olga Angelinetta .... hair stylist
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Production Management
George Fowler .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Watson .... assistant director
Peter Beale .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Stuart Black .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Nigel Wooll .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Wilson .... camera operator
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Gibson .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity (as Renee Glynne)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Fanatic" - UK (original title)
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Australia:95 min | USA:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:M | Finland:(Banned) (1965) | Netherlands:16 (1966) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-14 | West Germany:18

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In 2013, Stephanie Powers acted in "Looped," a theatrical production based on a true story about the events involving actress Tallulah Bankhead. Powers played Bankhead in the play. The action is confined to a sound studio where the star is supposed to record a line of dialogue that must be matched to a scene on film - the process is called "looping." Both Bankhead and Powers shared the brief scene in the movie that contains the terribly written line that Tallulah had such difficulty looping. "Looped" originated with Valerie Harper in mind. She earned a Tony Award nomination after the play's short stint on Broadway in 2010, and was to have reprised the role in a national tour. Harper withdrew because it was revealed that she had developed terminal brain cancer.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Patricia finally gets fed her oatmeal, the bowl she has is actually empty but she's pretending to eat from it.See more »
Pat Carroll:Yes, I wondered if you might have a mirror I could ...
Mrs. Trefoile:A mirror? Is it to adorn yourself, to observe yourself? Mirrors are not but tools of vanity, Patricia - I know! Vanity - sensuality, Patricia! The Bible speaks of our vile bodies.
Pat Carroll:Oh.
Mrs. Trefoile:I knew you would understand.
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Act, Act Tallulah!, 5 March 2002
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

Bette and Joan got the ball rolling and, thankfully, Tallulah hopped on board and got in on the mid-'60's bandwagon of formerly glamorous mega-stars starring in exploitive suspense films. This film was made, literally, during Bankhead's last gasps of life and she gives it her ALL. She plays a fanatical widow, deeply devoted to her dead son and husband and steeped in literal Biblical translations and practices. When her late son's girlfriend (Powers) comes for a visit, she attempts to forge a spiritual bond with her and indoctrinate her into the rigid and fundamental ways of her life. However, worldly Powers will have none of it and soon has to pay for her transgressions. The thing kicks off with a symbolic, so-1960's credit sequence of a cat chasing a mouse (while blaring music blasts away.) Soon Powers arrives at Bankhead's rundown estate and the fun begins. Every glance, every nuance, every crackled, garbled word of Bankhead's performance is so interesting and right on, it is REQUIRED VIEWING to watch her a second time in order to catch all the hooty lines she spits out. Her inimitable growl of a voice ranges from blithely polite (as she spouts her platitudes on the simplicity of a clean life) to outright maniacal ("He died in a car accident!!") and she's a complete joy to behold. The woman was almost never seen without her smear of make-up and her shoulder length hair, but here she dissolves into character with almost no make-up and her hair in a sedate bun. Even though Powers often overacts certain reactions and intentions, she makes a good adversary for Bankhead. They square off against each other pretty well. Some decent British supporting actors round out the cast including a menacing and bothersome Vaughn and a barely recognizable Sutherland, quite convincing as a mentally handicapped odd job man. The film is dated in its hair/clothing and some of it's jerky camera work and music, but still manages to be quite creepy and suspenseful. It's Tallulah's show all the way, though. The relish with which she attacks this final screen role is a treasure to witness. Unforgettable.

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