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Release Date:
28 January 1972 (USA) See more »
A murdered woman seeks revenge, possesses her husband's new wife. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Patty Duke ... Laura Wilson

David McCallum ... Mark Wilson

Dorothy McGuire ... Sarah Wilson

Lew Ayres ... Dr. Sam Carpenter

Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Medina

James T. Callahan ... David Brody (as James Callahan)

Nelson Olmsted ... Antique Dealer Kurawicz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Kerwin ... Robert (uncredited)

Directed by
Delbert Mann 
Writing credits
Art Wallace (written by)

Produced by
Charles W. Fries .... executive producer (as Charles Fries)
Delbert Mann .... producer
Mort Zarcoff .... associate producer
Original Music by
Morton Stevens 
Cinematography by
Charles F. Wheeler (director of photography) (as Charles Wheeler)
Film Editing by
John F. Schreyer 
Casting by
Joe Scully 
Art Direction by
Lawrence G. Paull 
Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (as Fred Phillips)
Production Management
Gary S. Gerlich .... post-production supervisor (as Gary Gerlich)
Joe Wonder .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Grace .... assistant director (as Howard 'Bud' Grace)
Art Department
Ross C. Burke .... prop master (as Ross Burke)
Sound Department
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Gene Garvin .... sound mixer
Robert J. Litt .... recording supervisor
Roger Sword .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Curtis .... chief electrician
Charles La Rocca .... key grip (as Chuck LaRocca)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Brown .... costumer
Editorial Department
Russell C. Nields .... assistant film editor
Other crew
Malcolm Atterbury Jr. .... script supervisor (as Mal Atterbury)
Lynn Berndt .... production secretary
Elliot Friedgen .... production administrator
Alan Sacks .... production developer
Arthur Stolnitz .... production executive (as Art Stolnitz)
Jerry Wineman .... assistant to producer

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74 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Nice little melodramatic TV chiller, 23 April 2012
Author: Bloodwank from United Kingdom

While falling very much on the melodrama side of things as opposed to aiming for much in the way of overt shocks or scare tactics, She Waits holds together pretty well in its way, building pleasurably to a suitably fraught final block. The plot is simple, David (Ilya Kuryakin) McCallum takes his lovely new wife home to see his mother and work through some of his own issues, only for said mother to stir up the past and his wife's own neuroses into a foaming brew of the possibly supernatural. Actually for much of the time the film could simply be called something like The Menace of the Meddling Mother In-Law, as generally the point of whether or not something paranormal is going on is kept ambiguous, while the fact that the mother is doing no good is beyond question. Still, a quality turn from Dorothy McGuire keeps her character interesting if not beyond cliché, one gets the feeling of genuine fear and torment roiling away inside her, the feeling that she really is doing what she thinks best and exists in a sphere of isolation permitting no outside force to change her mind. It's a decent performance and she has great chemistry with Patty Duke as the beleaguered new wife Laura. Duke captures very well a sense of restless curiosity, steady mounting insecurity and eroding personality, malleable mind within fragile beauty. David McCallum on the other hand is very much a weak link, his acting borders on the somnambulant for most of the film, only developing a noticeable pulse and positive action in the final block, in which he does redeem himself somewhat. The scares are too thin on the ground and the details of the plot are left rather undeveloped, not that I mind having the nitty gritty left to the imagination but I definitely prefer to have a few more hints. Still, there are a few chills and the flowing camera-work gives a nicely foreboding atmosphere to the dark and daunting house in the the majority of the films action is set. Overall I'd say this is a worthy little diversion for fans of this sort of film, though it lacks much in the way of spectacle or thrills and isn't even all that tense, it keeps fairly compelling with its drama and is an admirably sincere and serious entry in a genre which was well on its way to collapsing into the swamps of camp long before this film was made. A fair 6/10 from me, though definitely a film for those already predisposed to enjoy it.

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