A patient at a mental hospital kills the head doctor and takes over, replacing the staff with fellow patients. Things get complicated when the niece of the real doctor makes an unexpected visit.

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Dr. Howard Fennick
Claire Griswold ...
Natalie Rivers
Mary LaRoche ...
Ruth (as Mary La Roche)
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Miss Gibson
Peter Leeds ...
Andrew
Ben Wright ...
Doctor Norton
Connie Gilchrist ...
Martha
Jackie Searl ...
Nicky Long (as Jack Searl)
Richard Peel ...
The 1st Officer
Brendan Dillon ...
Inspector Roberts (as Brendan Dillan)
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The Major
Peter Brooks ...
Donald
Beatrice Kay ...
Sarah Sanders
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A patient at a mental hospital kills the head doctor and takes over, replacing the staff with fellow patients. Things get complicated when the niece of the real doctor makes an unexpected visit.

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27 September 1963 (USA)  »

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Good Gimmick
22 July 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

About two-thirds into the story, the suspense really kicks in. That's when the asylum inmates start hunting down poor Natalie (Griswold), now that she's on to their ruse. Seems the inmates have taken over the nut-house and are pretending to be the staff. That's mainly because inmate Ray Milland puts on a really good act as Dr. Fennick who's murdered the real head doctor (Wright). Now the real doctor's niece Natalie has come by to visit, little knowing what's in store. But have the loonies replaced everyone? We can't always be sure-- is the stranger an inmate or a real staff person. That's a good gimmick that could have been played up even more than it is.

Good to see movie vet Milland picking up an easy payday. Also, Jack Webb favorite Virginia Gregg gets a different kind of role as a semi-comical nurse. And what about a bed-ridden Beatrice Kay as Sarah who gets to pile on the Cockney, in a somewhat padded time frame. Still, leading lady Griswold is easy on the eyes and does good job as woman in danger. Too bad she soon left the biz to become ace director Sidney Pollack's full time wife. All in all, however, it's an imaginative hour with Hitch, along with an appropriately ironical ending. So catch it if you can.


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