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Cast

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Louise Elmore
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Wendell
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Emily Perkins
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Mrs. Perkins
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Librarian
Fern Barry ...
Mrs. Mooney
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Mrs. Fowler
Dick Welsbacher ...
Mr. Farley - the Missing Persons Agent
Joyce Cavarozzi ...
Secretary
Michael LeRoy Rhodes ...
Sailor (as Michael Rhodes)
Ron Luce ...
Robert Orin Farnsworth
Phil Speary ...
Mr. Lester - the Travel Agent
Patrick Brennan ...
David Perkins
Mark Andrews ...
Marty - the Gardener
Terry Troutt ...
Donald
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A librarian devotes her life to caring for her wheelchair-bound tyrannical father after being stood up at the altar. She fantasizes about causing deaths of the men who most wronged her and finds joy only with her pet monkey. Her monkey disappears and a shocking past is revealed. Written by Bill Smith <bsmith30@ix.netcom.com>

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The exterior sign for the Hotel Eaton (later renamed the Carey Hotel) in Wichita, Kansas, is seen. Coincidentally, an actress named Marjorie Eaton costars in the film. See more »

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When Louise is hitting her father in the face with the chocolate cake, there is a mirror behind them. In the mirror you can clearly see the cameraman's legs - he's wearing white tube socks and dark shorts. See more »

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Follows The Killing Kind (1973) See more »

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The Ticket
Music by Hod David Schudson
Lyrics by Maggie Thompson
Performed by George Ball
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Climb those stairs.
25 September 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Well-done psychological thriller is slow in going, but ultimately a rewarding and emotional character study.

Lonely spinster has been living under the eye of her over-bearing father ever since her beloved fiancé disappeared years earlier. But now that she is gathering her will power, will she be able to take control of her life and uncover the secrets from her past?

While many have billed this film as a horror movie, it's really not. The Attic is a highly tense drama that builds to some good thriller qualities, especially toward its climax. Director George Edwards creates a feeling of intrigue and mystery with this film, while adding some occasional Gothic touches. The musical score and theme song also add to the film's over all shut-in mood.

The true highlight of this movie though is its great cast. Veteran actor Ray Milland is appropriate and menacing as the heroine's invalid old father. His performance is quite good and this stands out as one of his better B film roles. However the true star of this film is the late Carrie Snodgrass. Snodgrass gives a stirring, heart-felt performance that makes her character truly sympathetic. In fact, she is so good in her role that she gives the entire film a bit of a solemn, moving note. This is perhaps one of Snodgrass's best roles ever.

The Attic has became a some what lost film over the years and it shouldn't be. It's a rare thriller that actually reaches an emotional level with its audience.

*** out of ****


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