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The Screaming Woman (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Drama | Thriller  -  29 January 1972 (USA)
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A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has ... See full summary »

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Laura Wynant (as Olivia DeHavilland)
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Laraine Stephens ...
Caroline Wynant
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George Tresvant
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Dr. Amos Larkin
Charles Robinson ...
Howard Wynant (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Alexandra Hay ...
Evie Carson
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Ken Bronson
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Harry Sands
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Russell Thorson ...
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Kay Stewart ...
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Joyce Cunning ...
Bernice Wilson
John Alderman ...
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A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has been buried alive. Her family, however, refuses to believe her story, and sees the incident as an opportunity to prove the woman's mind has snapped so they can take control of her money. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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29 January 1972 (USA)  »

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L'enterrée vive  »

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Ray Bradbury originally wrote 'The Screaming Woman' as a radio play, broadcast on November 25, 1948. See more »

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Ray Radbury story is chilling tale of woman buried alive...
1 April 2002 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The theme of a woman buried alive on the grounds of a wealthy woman's estate is nicely handled here for a maximum of shock and suspense. A bit overwrought at times, with Olivia de Havilland having to convince police, family and neighbors that they need to rescue a woman whose faint cries for help have startled her. The trouble is, she's a woman with a known mental illness and nobody believes her.

This was a highly popular ABC made-for-television movie and successful at the time. Nice to see the supporting cast includes Joseph Cotten, Walter Pidgeon, Charles Drake and Ed Nelson. Nelson has a pivotal role as the man who knows the truth about the woman's screams.

Suspenseful and worth viewing despite the now grainy print of this TV film being shown on cable. And by the way, it was photographed in technicolor, not black and white as a previous comment suggests. That viewer must have been having trouble with TV reception!!


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