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The title refers to the creatures a very poor addled old lady (Dame Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies. They lurk behind every drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. They listen all coiled up in a silent radio. The old lady is on to all their tricks, and she tells them so repeatedly. She reports them regularly to the police who scoff at her behind her back. The whisperers, however, are only part of her fantasy life. She imagines also that she is a daughter of aristocracy, an heiress waiting for her money to arrive so that she can pay back the nice gentleman at the Welfare Board. Her routine is shattered irrevocably by the return of her thieving son and vagrant husband, a brief fling with stolen money ending dismally in the gutter where the poor prey on the poor. Written by
The old kitchen curtain is shown in scene after Archie leaves, while Margaret is moping around the apartment. The new curtains are shown again after she returns from seeing Mr. Conrad at the National Assistance Board. See more »
Beautifully realized drama, with amazing performance by Dame Evans
Stunning drama about loneliness, old age, and paranoia in this up-scale "kitchen sink" film from United Artists. Dame Edith Evans is particularly adept at disappearing into her role as the beseiged woman who only has her fantasies to keep her company. Gritty depiction of working-class slums of England; director Bryan Forbes has a sensitive, patient eye toward the dramatics. One of composer John Barry's most affecting scores - delicate, haunting - right at the height of his influence. Alternately harrowing and depressing, but well worth watching.
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