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Daughter of the Mind (1969)

A professor of cybernetics comes to believe that his dead daughter is communicating with him from the netherworld.

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Dr. Alex Lauder
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Prof. Samuel Constable
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Lenore Constable
Barbara Dana ...
Tina Cryder
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Saul Wiener
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
Mary Constable
William Beckley ...
Arnold Bessmer
Ivor Barry ...
Dr. Paul Cryder
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Dr. Frank Ferguson
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Mr. Bosch
Virginia Christine ...
Helga
Cecile Ozorio ...
Devi Bessmer
Frank Maxwell ...
Gen. Augstedt
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Enemy Agent
Hal Frederick ...
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A professor of cybernetics comes to believe that his dead daughter is communicating with him from the netherworld.

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Fruto de la imaginación  »

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This was the first TV-movie for both Gene Tierney and 20th Century Fox Television. See more »

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Gen. Augstedt: I can assure you, Dr. Lauder, that the dead are dead and can't talk to the living.
Dr. Alex Lauder: Well, I forget the name of the man who assured Galileo that the sun definitely revolved around the earth, but I'm certain he had no doubts either.
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Suspend disbelief and enjoy.
4 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ray Milland has been grieving his dead daughter, Mary. Now, oddly, she has begun appearing to him--and it seems so very real. As a result, he goes to see a parapsychologist (Don Murray)--perhaps he can help Milland figure out if he's going crazy or if the child really is trying to contact him. Along the way, they learn that a government agent (Ed Asner) is watching them--unsure if maybe, perhaps, these manifestations are the result of the work of a hostile nation. After all, Milland is a top cybernetics scientist--maybe someone is deliberately messing with his mind. I don't want to say more, as it might divulge where it's going next.

Overall, it's a very tense and interesting made for TV film. However, there are quite a few plot holes and the whole thing seems overly complicated and far-fetched. Some of the film relies on technology that isn't even possible today--more than 40 years later!! Still, it is entertaining and it's nice to see such an accomplished cast (also including Gene Tierney and John Carradine) in a TV movie that often has more light-weight actors!

By the way, Pamelyn Ferdin who plays Ray Milland's dead daughter, Mary, should be a very familiar face and voice if you grew up when I did. She played on a bazillion TV show, such as playing Felix's daughter on "The Odd Couple" and was the voice of Lucy in three Charlie Brown movies/TV shows. Also, there's a tiny role starring Virginia Christine as the housekeeper. You may recognize her as Mrs. Olsen--the Folger Coffee lady.


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