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Lighthearted suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California.

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The trickster Madam Blanche Tyler lures the elder millionaire Julia Rainbird that believes she is a spiritualist. After a séance, she discovers that Julia is tormented by her past, when she forced her sister and single mother Harriet to deliver her baby for adoption to avoid a family scandal. Julia promises the small fortune of ten thousand-dollar to Blanche if she finds her nephew and heir of her fortune using her phony powers. Blanche asks her boyfriend George Lumley, who is an unemployed actor working as cab driver, to investigate the whereabouts of Julia's nephew. Meanwhile, the greedy jeweler and collector Arthur Adamson kidnaps wealthy people with his girlfriend Fran to increase his collection of diamonds with the ransom. When George concludes that Arthur Adamson might be the heir of Julia Rainbird, the reckless Blanche gets in trouble with the kidnappers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There's no body in the family plot. See more »

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Comedy | Thriller

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9 April 1976 (USA)  »

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Deceit  »

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$4,490,375 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock: [left-handed protagonist] Like several female leads in Hitchcock's films, such as Shirley McLaine, Eva Marie Saint, Kim Novak and Tippi Hedron, Barbara Harris is another blonde lefty. See more »

Goofs

George removes the cap of the ketchup bottle twice between shots when he and Blanche are eating in Blanche's kitchen. See more »

Quotes

Fran: I don't know what's come over me tonight. I'm tingling all over.
Arthur Adamson: I told you about danger, didn't I? First it makes you sick, then when you get through it, it makes you very, very loving.
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The Universal logo does not appear anywhere on this film. See more »

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Referenced in Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »

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Rejoice, the Lord Is King
(1744) (uncredited)
Music by John Darwall
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
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A most enjoyable film
28 January 2003 | by (Mullica Township, New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

I really like this movie. It's a great little story that's fun to watch. This is Hitchcock's last movie and I think it's as good as any. I guess you could call this a mystery with a little humor injected into it. Does it have suspense? I don't know. But what else would you call it? I think it's a pretty good mystery and all the characters are quite believable. I think the choice of actors for each part was good. I give this movie an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. I'd rate it higher, but it's got some mild swearing and a bit of sexual innuendo. But all in all it's worth seeing next time you find it on TV.


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